Is there something wrong with my exercise tracking?

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  1. mstanco macrumors newbie

    mstanco

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    Hi, today I have been very curious if my apple watch exercise ring is working properly. Today I have gone on two 2 mile walks (40-50 mins each), 1 20 minute walk and 1 10 minute walk, and my exercise ring is only at 24/30. I don't get it, I burned 100 calories on my second two mile walk, which was forty minutes and i only gained 6 minutes onto my exercise ring. Is something wrong? I had a friend along with me and on our first two mile walk she had filled her whole ring and a 1/4 on top of that, while i only gained half of my exercise ring.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    No, just walking is not exersising. You must maintain at “brisk” pace with an elevated HR and the Workout App on Outdoor Walk.
     
  3. mstanco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had the app on and it was tracking my walk and my average heart rate was 130, which is way over my resting.
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    While no one knows what alogrythems Apple uses a good rule of thumb for cardio exercise is you must be about 60% to 70% of your MHR (Maximum HR). If younger or leaner/fit then closer to the 70% side and if elderly or decondition/obese then closer to the 60%. You should hit this number and stay above it for the entire workout.

    The easiest way to calculate MHR is 220-age and then multiply MHR by 0.7 or 0.6 to determine your minimal HR needed to be in the 60% or 70% cardio training zone.

    More formulas can be found here.
    https://www.brianmac.co.uk/maxhr.htm
     
  5. twinlight macrumors 6502

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    Was your arm with watch swinging? Holding hands or pushing a cart for example will make the watch not counting correctly
     
  6. mstanco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The past couple of days my exercise tracking has been way off. I’ve gone on walks burning 100-200 calories with my heart rate average being double my resting and have gained little to none minutes on my exercise ring. For example, today, I went for a walk on the beach for one mile. My heart rate averaged 135bpm on the walk (my resting is 77), and I did not gain one minute of exercise from that, however i manage to gain a minute after walking up like 8 stairs. Does this make sense? Ive tried everything, the last thing to do was to unpair and repair which i did, and it worked for the time being and i went on my usual 2 mile walk and filled up the remaining of my ring, and another exercise ring (gained 60 mins of exercise) however now it is back to not working. Im also having trouble with the water ejection, it never gets all the water out and i have to wait for it to dry for several hours before the speakers sound normal again. This is my 3rd apple watch and I'm getting sick and tired of having issues with them (first one had a dead pixel, second one had some battery issues such as getting stuck on percents for a long period of time, going into power reserve unexpectedly, etc.) what do I do?
     
  7. mstanco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes.
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    just did that. Mine is 123.6, my average heart rate was around 135, so in theory it shouldve counted as an exercise
     
  8. ftaok macrumors 603

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    The general consensus is that an Exercise minute is recorded when you walk at about 3.5 mph for the whole minute. Depending on what you're doing, the algorithm may credit you with an Excercise minute if your activity level equates to a 3.5 mph walk.

    Take a look at your Workout minutes. That will count only the time when doing a workout using the Workout app or a 3rd party app that writes to Health.

    Unfortunately, the activity rings use 30 minutes of Exercise time, not Workout time.

    If you can, you need to walk faster.
     

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