Issue and Question about Activity/Workout apps

Honey Badger

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My Activity app on the watch shows that I have only 6 of 30 minutes of exercise today, yet I already went on a 37 minute outdoor walk which I registered in the Workout app on my watch. The activity app on the iPhone also shows only 6 minute of exercise and also shows that I have a 37 minute walk workout.

Shouldn't my exercise ring be completed now on the watch? Anybody know why my 37 minute walk is not being counted towards my daily exercise ring?

Thanks in advance.
 

Betsy30

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Did you use the Outdoor Walk setting in the workout app? If so, you might try using Other next time. I had the same experience. There are a lot of threads here discussing the issues of workouts and activity. There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to it all.
 
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Honey Badger

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Did you use the Outdoor Walk setting in the workout app? If so, you might try using Other next time. I had the same experience. There are a lot of threads here discussing the issues of workouts and activity. There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to it all.
Thanks for responding. Yes I did. I wonder if the watch judges the quality of the workout instead of the actual minutes. Well, on the bright side, it forced me to exercise even more and go for another walk (this time for an hour) in order to complete the ring. :D
 
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Honey Badger

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Jul 14, 2011
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Did you use the Outdoor Walk setting in the workout app? If so, you might try using Other next time. I had the same experience. There are a lot of threads here discussing the issues of workouts and activity. There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to it all.
Mystery solved...I found this MacRumors article below and it explains that exercise minutes only count when they are done at a brisk pace that gets your heart rate up. That explains why my initial 37 minute walk was only counted as 6 minutes because I walked with a senior citizen and it was a very slow walk for the most part. Later I walked for an hour by myself at a brisk pace and it counted virtually every minute.

https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/apple-watch-activity-workout-apps/
 

Lictor

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Yes, the watch relies a lot on heart rate... If you walk at a slow pace, it won't register as an activity. On the other hand. I spent a day sitting in a conference room with no A/C. The temperature went way above 40°C, which tends to make the heart beat faster (I have no data. And as a result, my activity ring for that day was completely filled.
Apple still has work to do to discriminate the different inputs from the watch...
 

Betsy30

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Apr 17, 2010
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It must be learning to read the wearer. I took a 40 minute walk on the day after I received the watch. Average HR was 126 and that did not earn me more than 10 exercise minutes. Today I took pretty much the same walk, average HR 105 (it was in the morning and much cooler although more humid), and closed my ring with 32 minutes of Exercise.
 
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