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Apple Watch – Be A Lord Of The Rings

Accomplishment feels good… and those that own an Apple Watch know that feeling, that little tap, hearing the “ping” and seeing a completed ring flare up as a very satisfying accomplishment indeed.

Apple Watch Closing Rings

Apple Watch Rings – What Do They Mean?

You would think that Stand, Move, and Exercise were simple. They seem pretty descriptive, after all. Well, Stand IS pretty simple, it measures how much you stand during the day. Using witchcraft and sensors it can tell whether you sit or stand.

But, the difference between Move Ring (MR) and Exercise Ring (ER) is a little more nuanced. On the very surface, the ER requires a notable increase in heat rate…. so, certainly not all Move time will count as exercise. BUT… not all of what you might consider exercise is going to be counted as such. It takes into consideration you movement, your age, your weight and past measurements of your heart rate. As you get more fit, it becomes more difficult to raise your heart rate to the appropriate level to have your watch consider it exercise.

Moving is moving to your Apple Watch…. but where as your buddy might trigger some time toward his ER while walking the dog, you may need to hit the track for a good run to do the same. The ER may not even register when you set an actual Workout, so if you don’t get that heart rate up, you ain’t getting credit. Think of the ER as a very nasty gym coach, you’re gonna have to work hard to satisfy it!

But rest assured, it has your best interests at heart… for your heart.

CLOSE that ring, each and every day, even if it means becoming a sweaty, smelly mess!


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Ryszard (Rick) Gold, From Calgary, Alberta, Canada has over 20 years of experience working with Apple products in a technical capacity. Passionate about technology in general, his natural troubleshooting abilities, curiosity and appreciation of good design lead him into working exclusively with Apple Computer products.
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