The exercise ring is far too easy to fill

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jabingla2810, May 20, 2015.

  1. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    For example, my ring suggests 30 minutes of exercise a day.

    Today I walked to work, which took 40 minutes and I walk fast, as I arrived at work I got a tap on my wrist "You've completed todays exercise!"

    Great I thought, it was 7am, and my exercise ring was full, as expected.

    It is now 2pm, and apart from nipping to the brew room a few times, and going to the canteen for dinner, I have been sat at my desk.

    My exercise ring is just over half way round again, showing that I have done 47 minutes of exercise today.

    It seems like everytime I nip to kitchen and back downstairs, its counting as exercise. I'm certainly not out of breath, or even remotley putting my body under any stress.

    I honestly think I could drive to work, sit at my desk all day, and just the trips to the kitchen and bathroom throughout the day would fill the exercise ring!

    Does anybody know under what circumstances the watch changes from counting movement, and instead counts exercise?
  2. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    I found that mine got more accurate over time. You can also adjust the exercise goal to accommodate your brisk 40 minute walks.
  3. daydayvol macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Can you not change the goal? If not it is something they should update in the future. I guess they are going off the standard exercise for 30 minutes a day. I'm like you but I play bball before work so I will have all my exercise before my day really starts. Not a big deal for me though because I am still motivated to get the rest of my workouts in after work (not saying you are not).
  4. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    You can increase your heart rate without being out of breath.
  5. daydayvol macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    I also thought it went off your heart rate for counting exercise. Maybe you are going really fast to the kitchen and bathroom. Slow down and take it easy.
  6. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    You can absolutely change the goal.
    [EDIT] looks like you can change the Move goal - I had thought that that would adjust the exercise goal as well, but it doesn't appear that it does.
  7. Mumbles01 macrumors regular

    May 10, 2015
    How does one 'nip' to places?
    What is the act of nipping?
  8. jabingla2810 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Apologies, in England, particularly in the North, we 'nip' to places. :)
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    You're just a try hard ;).

    I also walk fast. I walk fast to everything and I also get my exercise rings filled quickly but I don't find it to be a problem.
  10. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I always triple the ring, sometimes even quadruple it. I wish there was a way to increase the goal or make it more accurate.

    And according to my activity app, I had 112/30 minutes of exercise on Saturday, lol
  11. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I absolutely get no exercise throughout the day, so unless I really try, that exercise ring does not budge for me.
  12. djpraize macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2008
    I have the opposite problem. I can do a vigorous outdoor walk uphill and down again (which I guess means I walk slower) and a 60 minute walk only registers 15 minutes of exercise! I have tightened the band, moved it up and down my wrist and it's still the same. I know my heart rate is up there too. Not sure what is happening.
  13. tomaustin44 macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2013
    Out of interest... on your walk were you tracking activity through the Workout app, as say an Outdoor Walk, or just through general Activity?

    I'm a little confused how Activity tracks general exercise throughout the day because doesn't the Apple Watch only measure your heart rate every 10 minutes or so (unless in workout mode). So lets say your HR is taken, then you do 9 minutes of brisk walking before your HR is taken again... Surely AW doesn't count any of those 9 minutes as exercise because it hasn't been measuring your HR?
  14. sdallnct2 macrumors regular

    May 3, 2015
    I hope they separate out Move and Exercise. Why? If I go for a run in the morning, both those circles are closed even before my day really has started.

    However, I have bumped my Move goal to 700 calories which is a bit more challenging on non-run days. However, I'll likely bump it even more.

    And yes, I hope they add that you can change the 30 min of exercise. I understand you an get more than 100% but IMO, the real motivation is "closing the circle". For me, 10% of my formal workout are 30-45 minutes. 80% 45-90 minutes and 10% 90+ minutes. This includes warmup and cool down.

    I'd love to be able to set exercise to 45 min to motivate me to bump up those 4-6 short workouts a month.
  15. stoomc Suspended

    May 11, 2015
    It doesnt have to work off HR (some people turn the HR monitor off for e.g)
    It will probably work the same way as something like a Fitbit (most models only have an accelerometer) and notice that your are doing more steps per minute and etc.
  16. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    On a side note, the activity app has helped me get off my ass, get on the treadmill, and I've already lost 3 pounds since last Wednesday. It's definitely helping.
  17. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    Maybe it's a height thing as a small person 4 foot 11, I really have to push for it to recognise exercise.
  18. jabingla2810 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    No, I just put the watch on in the morning, and walk to work.

    I don't specifically start a 'workout'
  19. menace3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Agreed, wish we would increase the exercise activity. I hate the Activity Ring and I look forward to smashing it daily. I always work out, but now since the watch, I push myself even harder. I can easily do 4 - 5x's as much. Maybe some future update
  20. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    Not sure why you quoted me also saying that you can change the move goal?
  21. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    you can change your goals
  22. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY

    Only the move goal, not the exercise goal
  23. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    If 50 percent of the people in America exercised for 30 minutes a day, imagine how much better this country would be.

    The exercise ring is fine. Just set a higher goal for your move ring. Now if you said the move ring was to easy to fill I could understand.
  24. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    Sorry, misread.
  25. jtrue28 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lexington, KY
    I must wear my watch too loose. I lift weights at least 4x per week for at least an hour each time. Exercise minutes always < 10. I'm actually finding that to be a disappointment.

    Stand goal is easy.

    Calories burned is off as well. But that makes sense if it can't recognize when I'm actually exercising.

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