Have you cheated to close a ring? (Poll)

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by sclawis300, Mar 12, 2018.

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Have you ever cheated to close your activity rings?

  1. Oh yeah. All the time.

    3 vote(s)
    5.7%
  2. Every once in a while.

    15 vote(s)
    28.3%
  3. Once or twice.

    8 vote(s)
    15.1%
  4. No.

    15 vote(s)
    28.3%
  5. Heck no. You are only cheating yourself.

    12 vote(s)
    22.6%
  1. sclawis300 macrumors 65816

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    I thought I would turn my last thread into a poll to get some official numbers. Don't let me down.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Never. Unless Somehow the Apple Watch inadvertently gave me credit for something. I find closing the rings can be addicting on its own and I like to know that it was my own work I put in.
     
  3. Shadow Jolteon macrumors regular

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    #3
    I've done it a couple times for my stand ring if I had actually been walking around and my Apple Watch didn't pick it up for some reason. Aside from that, I've just ran in place for a couple minutes if my exercise goal was just a little behind, but I don't really count that as cheating.
     
  4. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    #4
    I guess I need to know the actual definition of cheating?

    Have I done jumping jacks for 10 mins before going to bed so I can close my move/activity rings? Once or twice. Not sure if that's cheating or not. I've jogged in place during a rainy day.

    I've heard of people waving their arms in the car on their way home to get their move rings to close - that's still "exercise" right? Maybe that's "cheating" - in that case, I'd rather go jogging in the hallway of my house for 10 mins than wave my arms around.
     
  5. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I just don't see the point of cheating it. You could easily fill your exercise ring by starting a workout on the watch and then sitting on the couch for 30 minutes, but why? If you are just waving your arm around to close it then what's the point? Might as well do jumping jacks, push ups, something that gets you active and might better you. Cheating the watch isn't going to help you be more healthy, isn't that the point of it?
     
  6. Shadow Jolteon macrumors regular

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    That actually won't work, since workouts don't add to your activity and exercise rings unless you're actually exercising, based on your heart rate, movement, etc. The workouts just keep the heart monitor on and adjust other settings where applicable (such as water lock) while the workout is running. I think the only ring you can really cheat is the one for standing.
     
  7. sclawis300 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I would say jogging in place/jumping jacks are legit exercises.
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    I think you may be taking this a little too seriously. If I had the motivation to get off the couch and exercise when I am tired and it is late I wouldn't need the watch to get me going in the first place. Sometimes you want to keep a streak going but you also would like a little bit of a "recovery" day.
     
  8. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't say I am taking this seriously at all. You do what you want to do. I imagine this thread was just asking opinions on it. I just don't see the point of tricking an electronic device into saying you closed a ring and keeping a streak alive that you didn't really do. Everyone needs some rest and relaxation days, that's totally normal. But, if you didn't put in the work then what's the point?

    Again, just my opinion on it. Not a big deal either way really.
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    I had read that someone had done that on earth day I believe to get the achievement for it.

    However, I did just test this while sitting at my desk at work. Before the "workout" I had 7 exercise minutes. I started a workout and let it run for 12 minutes with an average heart rate of 67bpm and sitting here pretty much stationary the whole time. My exercise ring is now showing 19 exercise minutes.
     
  9. Shadow Jolteon macrumors regular

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    Interesting. On mine and my husband's Apple Watches if we accidentally leave a workout running after we've finished or accidentally start one (which for some reason happens to me a lot), it will only show around the amount of time where we were active after we've stopped the workout. Ours are both Series 2. I wonder if it's a difference in the generation/series, or maybe some sort of configuration?
     
  10. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, I am not sure what would cause the difference. Mine is a Series 3, but I cant imagine there would be a difference just based on the version of the watch.

    With my test just now I only set it as an "Other" workout, so maybe that is playing a role in it.
     
  11. Shadow Jolteon macrumors regular

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    Ah, that could be what it is. Generally, we only do walk/Pokémon GO, run, and swim workouts.
     
  12. Donfor39 macrumors 65816

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    #12
    3rd gym appt today.
    I've gone from initial nurse recommendation of 5 mins per machine to 10 mins per machine today.
    Apple Watch rings are of no concern personally though 1 or 2 have been closed past few weeks which are fun.
    I find my choice of dance music most motivatial in gym.
    Enjoying bearting last weeks calories burned etc and total excersie/workout time.
    Se1 if proving much more useful than I thought.
     
  13. iamasmith macrumors 6502

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    Heck no vote. I have, however, deferred extending my move goal beyond 750 for a while until the weather gets warmer :)
     
  14. sclawis300 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I really appreciate that one persons honesty.
     
  15. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    Haha. Indeed. Like answering the flossing question on dentist paperwork
     
  16. Cycling Asia macrumors regular

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    Actually the "Other" workout will result in a higher rate of burned calories (I think it is 75% of total calories for the time period) so that can be use to "cheat" on the activity ring and the exercise ring.

    I used the other workout once when doing a yoga class and while it was recording, my active energy was much higher than normal even though I was not exerting much effort.
     
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  18. Cycling Asia macrumors regular

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    the "stand" ring isn't about standing (any more) and the stand reminders now say to move around for a bit. What registers as a stand is actually 30 seconds of continual movement of your watch. So it is possible to cheat with that by just swinging your arm (the one with the watch). Also, if you're doing the activity cheat (running an "other" workout while watching TV) the hour in which the activity is running also counts towards the stand ring.
     
  19. AppleLuvver macrumors member

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    I don’t know if you would call it cheating or not, but I do change my goal on my rest days. It’s a goal I can attain as long as I do a 30 minute walk. But most days I run which pushes my normal goal higher. I think rest days are important so that’s my way of incorporating them without losing my streaks.
     
  20. Dexterama macrumors regular

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    I don’t cheat for activity credit per se, but I do cheat for Pokemon GO. If I have something like 0.20km left to hatch an egg, I start the app and swing my watch arm back and forth until it hatches.

    I don’t bother filling up my rings on rest days, it’s not a big deal.
     

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