How to close Apple Watch activity rings even when sheltering in place

How to close Apple Watch activity rings even when sheltering in place

Closing Activity rings on the Apple Watch takes a lot more effort than it did just a couple of weeks ago, as widespread shelter-in-place policies are keeping many of us in our homes. Chances are you’d had a morning where your Apple Watch’s display looks like the one in the photo above. You’re most likely to feel the sting if you were on a weight loss program or had a consistent fitness routine, but many of the rest of us simply miss the satisfaction of the little tap that let us know we’d accomplished a clear goal each day.

Fortunately—if you’re willing to change your standards—it’s still possible to close your rings in order to achieve a degree of certainty in these uncertain times. Now, will you come out of it in as good as shape as you were before the coronavirus? That’s doubtful, although not impossible. After all, right now, you can devote much of your free time to meeting your goals. But if you’re looking for a daily reward that’s more mental than physical at a time when many gyms and parks are closed, I’ve found this is a decent way to go about it.

A couple of things first. You’re likely still allowed to go outside and take walks on empty paths or in local parks. You can close your rings that way, but keep in mind that the risk of contagion goes down if everyone stays home. Second, you’re probably not going to have any trouble closing your rings if you have exercise equipment in your home—and more power to you if you do.

Some of you might recognize the suggestions below as variations on the “cheats” for gaming your activity rings that circulated when the Apple Watch first came out, but in 2020, I prefer to think of them more positively. Provided you don’t try to close your Move ring simply by swiping your arm back and forth while vegging out in an armchair—which is actually possible—these can serve as foundations for healthy practices in these limiting times.

How to close your Exercise ring

The Exercise ring sounds like it would be the hardest ring to close. Unless you start a workout, the ring closes by determining how much your heart rate goes above a value determined by factors like your age or weight. Keep up that heart rate for 30 minutes, and your green ring will close. It’s a lot easier than it probably sounds. Before the pandemic, my Apple Watch would normally ask me if I wanted to log my daily walk to work from the train station as an Outdoor Walk workout, and doing that twice a day would almost always close the ring.

But it gets even simpler. You can quickly close your Exercise ring by opening the Workout on your Apple Watch and then scrolling down to the bottom and tapping Add Workout. Tap Other in the screen that pops up, and set it for an open goal. Just keep that running for 30 minutes, and your Exercise ring will close. To give you an idea of how well it works, I closed my activity right while writing this story. As a bonus, the Move ring also closes a little more quickly while a workout is running.

apple watch other Leif Johnson/IDG

Even jumping jacks will work with this.

You can pair this “Other” workout with household chores if you wish, but closing the ring doesn’t have to be that simple. Even if you don’t feel comfortable about going outside—and honestly, we caution against it unless you’re in a rural area—you can get a decent 30-minute workout just by performing some old exercise standbys like pushups, sit-ups, and burpees. (If you add a Workout for “High Intensity Interval Training,” your Apple Watch will usually correctly log such activities.) For a more guided workout, gyms and similar fitness organizations are currently offering a lot of their normally paid online training services for free, and you can check out some of those in the last section.

How to close your Stand Ring

Traditional outdoor and gym-based exercises might not be safe options right now, but really, you should at least be getting up and moving around. As such, closing your Stand ring is especially important at a time when so many people are stuck indoors. This ring can be tricky: I’ve gone on 12-mile hikes where I’ve tripled my Move goal, and I still didn’t close my Stand ring at the end of the day. Also, if you have access to an adjustable standing desk, now would be a great time to use it.

via Macworld https://www.macworld.com/article/3534490/how-to-close-apple-watch-activity-rings-even-when-stuck-at-home.html#tk.rss_all
link : https://www.macworld.com/article/3534490/how-to-close-apple-watch-activity-rings-even-when-stuck-at-home.html#tk.rss_all
March 26, 2020 at 12:26PM

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •