Tips on setting daily move goal?

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  1. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

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    Default is 400 calories I think, but what should I set it at?
     
  2. Armen macrumors 604

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    I set mine to 1000. Haven't reached it yet (636 yesterday) but I'd rather strive for a difficult goal than pat myself on the back at an easier one.
     
  3. mathewbhavnani macrumors member

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    Anybody know what defaults are if you don't set your height weight etc?

    Light? Moderate? Active?
     
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    default is 330. I never changed mine and I never hit it lol. I somehow walk 5 miles a day at work, but usually hit 310 for calories burned. I need to exercise.

    I hit the stand goal, yay me!

    edit: I guess defaults could be based on height/weight.
     
  5. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    I changed mine to 700. Met it yesterday - can't promise I will meet it on non-gym days!
     
  6. Tim7 macrumors 6502

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    Changed mine to 500. I drive around to different sites for work, now I have the Watch I am finding myself parking further away so I get to walk more to and from the shop! And when I got home today I was at 460 so I went for a long walk round the block to get my goal!
     
  7. dandrewk macrumors 6502

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    It is awesome, beyond words, if a watch can make people lead healthier lifestyles.
     
  8. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    How many of you feel incomplete if you don't fill in all of your circles?
     
  9. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i could see this turning in a special video that Tim loves to play in September
     
  10. BvizioN macrumors 601

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    600 calories a day, but passed by a half more daily.
     
  11. Armen macrumors 604

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    Your heart rate is factored into the calories burned also. I walked 5 miles yesterday but burned 600 calories because my heart rate at some points were at 158 (uphill walking)
     
  12. mathewbhavnani macrumors member

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    Anybody know what defaults are if you don't set your height weight etc?

    Light? Moderate? Active?
     
  13. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    My default with my age, height, weight inputted was 450 calories.

    Yesterday I did two and a half times that and today I did twice that without really trying, so probably will have to set it a bit higher.

    I seem to be filling up the exercise ring too - I don't really consider what I'm doing to be proper exercise, but I guess I walk fairly briskly and am usually carrying a heavy bag contributing to a relatively high heart rate!

    I may try the Workout app for 'Outdoor Walk' and see what happens.
     
  14. dylman macrumors regular

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    My default light one was 450. On a work day I seem to be hitting that without doing any real exercise so I'll probably up it to 600 or so and see how I go.
     
  15. smr macrumors 6502a

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    I did the same thing a few minutes ago. My exercise was at 23 of 30 minutes so I went for a brisk walk around the block. Job done! This is the third day in the row I have filled all my rings! (I have set my calorie goal to 400 for now.)
     

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  16. cliffster82 macrumors 6502

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    Glad I found this thread as there is very little guidance as to what a typical move goal should be. I realize it absolutely varies from person to person. I have an office job and try to exercise every day, so setting a reasonable goal is tricky. I go about 420-450. On exercise days it's pretty easy, but if I just lift weights (no aerobic) it's harder to hit. On run days, 3-4/week, I'm usually in the 500-600 range. On non-exercise days it can be challenging depending on what's happening that day. I feel like the goal should be achievable but also make you think about it enough to take some action during the day if necessary. I don't really consider weekends when setting the goal because I usually double or triple the goal so that is not a typical day. I hope these ramblings make some sense.
     
  17. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    Agreed - I got my watch on Saturday with my wife. I defaulted to Medium (836? calories). To meet this goal on Sunday, I had to run 2 miles, walk 2 miles, and be fairly active throughout the day. I also work an office job and I doubt I'll be able to even get half of it today unless I go on a 3 mile run+.

    Like other posters said here - I'd rather have a hard goal instead of meeting it and not getting anywhere so I think I'm going to leave it. I'm interested in how much my watch is affected by typing (calories burned, etc...). Typing for an hour yesterday I was happy to see Apple registered 0 additional steps unlike my Fitbit which would give me hundreds of free steps just for typing.

    I think I see a lot of brisk walks and runs after work in my near future! (A very good thing because I've let myself go over the last few years - heavier than I've ever been). Already this watch has spurred me to make a lot of healthy changes - I've given up my weekly pizza, given up going out to eat and promised to cook with my wife at least once a week, and I've run 3 times in the last 3 days - can already feel the change happening.

    I guess I'll leave it at 830+ but it is not going to be easy. But I'd love to get back to my 180 pounds I used to be (225 now).
     
  18. ftaok macrumors 603

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    I have mine at 700, which was the default for me. I'm 5'-11", 180lbs, male.

    I meet the goal every day, but I need to be somewhat active to do so. If I run 3 miles, the 700 is no problem. If I sit around at work all day, then I'll need to walk about 3 miles on the treadmill at night to close the ring. Weekends are pretty easy to hit 700 as I do move around a lot.

    If I'm lazy and lazy-ing around all day, I won't hit the goal, so the rings do motivate me from doing that.

    I missed a few days last December, so I'm currently only on a 337 day Move Streak (humble-brag).
     
  19. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I'm 5-11 and 225 pounds. I did a slow (with wife and mother in law) 2 mile walk and a slow 2 mile walk/run (16 min/mile) with the wife --- along with an abnormally active day yesterday (getting firewood, walking around the house, etc...) to get my 800 calories.

    Going to try a heavy run after work today to see if I can get to my 800 calories with a 2 mile run at my usual pace (11 min/mile). At work I'm trying to do a few walks around the office building when time permits.
     
  20. TallManNY macrumors 601

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    I'm at 600 move goal. That was what got set for me with Watch 0 and I've never changed it. The interesting thing that I've noticed is that I easily meet this goal just going to work and generally living in NYC. Walking to the subway and generally just walking around in my house (which has stairs) gets me the move goal. But the moment I go out of NYC on any sort of vacation my movements decrease dramatically. It just seems that Urban living involves much more day to day movement than Suburban living.
     
  21. cliffster82 macrumors 6502

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    Suburban life is very inactive. Drive, sit, drive, sit, repeat. You have to be intentional about exercise unless you're moving constantly for your job. Also I'm 6 feet 165 lbs. I wonder how the watch counts calories based on height/weight. It seems like when I have a very active day (running, yard work, shopping whatever) I'm still only at about 600-700. 800 active calories is almost unheard of for me.
     
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    I live in the suburbs (but in London; I imagine American suburban life is much more car focused). I walk to the tube and from the station to work; I walk around the campus all day then back to the he station and up the hill from the tube. Some days, if I’m late or it’s raining, I get a taxi from the station to work (I did that today) but then some days I also run errands on the way home. I’m not home yet but I’m on 600 calories so far.

    I move my goal according to what’s going on: if I’m on holiday or unwell I might reduce it (I want it to be achievable but with an element of challenge so I don’t think “oh, I stand no chance this week; I’ll just lie on the sofa” and I’ll let it build back up by accepting the new suggested goal on a Monday. It’s 550 at the moment; I suspect on work days I’ll mostly have it covered before heading home but it’ll still challenge me at least one day at the weekend.
     
  23. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

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    Why don’t you let it stand and each week during the summary report, you let it adjust up and down based on the recommendation? That seems like the best way to grow and have new challenges without overdoing and missing goals.
     
  24. slears macrumors member

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    I would say if you are just starting out or lightly active, work out using the watch how many calories you burn for 1000 steps, then times that by 10,000.

    That will give you an accurate goal based on the recommended 10,000 steps per day.

    Anything else is a bonus but I would aim for at least that.
     
  25. TallManNY macrumors 601

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    I'm taller than you (yes screen name checks out) and 60 pounds heavier. So I hit 600 with just my normal brisk walking to the subway and normal life. The watch often records my brisk walking as exercise. So I almost always hit the 30 minute exercise target. Yesterday I played basketball for a bit over 1 hour and I hit 1,600 for the day. So basically any real exercise puts me way over my target.

    But it was only after I got a fitbit (many years ago) and then the watch that I truly saw for myself how little I walked when I went to suburbia. I'm talking going from 8k to 10k in a normal day to 4k in number of steps. I still find it a bit crazy.
     

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