Today, all technology strives to be smart. Smart functions have long been settled in our phones, today a modern person cannot imagine his life without an advanced assistant in the form of a watch. Moreover, they help to monitor activity and health, and not only provide convenient and easy access to time indication and notifications. But the smart functions scare away many – it is difficult to understand all this, and is it necessary? That is why the Activity app on Apple Watch offers to work with colored rings, giving the routine process the form of a kind of game.
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In Activity, you will see three colored rings: Mobility, Exercise, and Warm Up. The goal is simple – to make the rings make a full turn every day, to close them. The method itself is exciting, but at the same time it will help you to provide the necessary activity for the body. You can install a special watch face with rings on the screen to see their filling, or install an extension of the Activity application on another watch face. This will help you track your activity throughout the day.
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How to close the “Mobility” ring?
This ring is responsible for realizing the goal of burning active calories. Your Apple Watch doesn’t just keep track of how much energy you’re using throughout the day. Attention is paid to “active” calories, that is, those that are burned while driving. It can be playing with children in the yard, cleaning the room, climbing stairs. Spending time with certain activities can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways to burn active calories, as a result, all your movements will be taken into account by the smartwatch.
Watch faces with activity rings on Apple Watch
And every week, your Apple Watch will suggest a new Mobility goal based on your activity. This will help keep you motivated to close the next ring. But you yourself can manually change the current goal of “Mobility”. To do this, in the Activity app on your watch, scroll down with the wheel and tap Change Mobility Target. By using the “+” and “-” buttons followed by pressing the “Update” button, you can change the value.
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How to close the Exercise ring?
With this ring, you will be able to understand how energetic you have been throughout the day. To close the circle, you will need at least half an hour a day to actively move, for example, at a brisk pace. Of course, sports activities with the “Training” application are also taken into account. This powerful assistant will be with you during your workouts. With one touch, you can start measuring the indicators you need, you just need to select the working mode: running, swimming, interval exercises or others. Each training mode can be accompanied by displaying up to five different indicators on the watch screen: duration, active calories burned, heart rate and others. This setting can be done in the Watch app from your iPhone.
You can fill the ring in one go, or you can spread your activity throughout the day. It is very important to give yourself physical activity, because just half an hour of training will already reduce the risks of stroke, diabetes, problems with the cardiovascular system and being overweight. You will quickly notice how your sleep will normalize, your mood will improve, your overall vitality will increase, and stress will recede into the background.
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How to close the warm-up ring?
Everyone knows that a sedentary lifestyle will sooner or later bear fruit, and disappointing ones. That is why it is recommended to get up for at least a minute every hour and move. With a decrease in the time spent in a sedentary position, a person will feel more cheerful, the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, as well as hypertension, will decrease. It is known that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. Occasional activity can help normalize glucose levels and reduce other associated risks.
You can try at work to replace the table with one at which you can work while standing. This is a new trend that will help you spend more time on your feet and move more often. Consequently, the body will burn more calories. And the Apple Watch is watching this, motivating users to get up from time to time. In a day, it will be enough to do 12 minute warm-ups to close the ring. The watch will tell you with a slight vibration on the wrist that you have already sat up and it is time for you to warm up a little. To do this, activate the option in the Watch app on your iPhone. Warm Up Reminders…
And if you have already got up, then take a little walk. You can stretch out a little, go to a colleague, go for papers. It seems that these are trifles, but they form physical activity.
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Additional features of the “Activity” rings
These rings are far from being a passive element of displaying our activity. Apple Watch uses them to both visually demonstrate the progress achieved, forming motivation, and provide users with individual recommendations. They are provided with proactive cues that help the Apple Watch act as a personal trainer. The watch monitors your progress towards your goals and tells you what exactly needs to be done in order to close all activity rings by the end of the day.
Virtual rewards are responsible for motivation. As soon as you update your personal best or reach your goal, you will receive a virtual badge. The Fitness app on iPhone has a collection of awards. There are also seasonal promotions, such as Earth Day or Heart Month. You will also receive special badges for participating in them.
You can give your friends and family access to these rings to enable them to watch your progress. The opposite is also true – you can see how active your friends are, following them and motivating yourself additionally. Support each other! Another additional similar opportunity is one-on-one competitions. During the week, two people will receive points for completing their rings. It takes into account how much they were closed by the end of the day. A coach format watch will give personal advice on exactly how to move to achieve victory. It’s both exciting and rewarding!
Apple is considerate of people with special needs. That is why for people in wheelchairs the “Warm-up” ring has been transformed into the “On the move” ring. Apple Watch can track hand shakes that move the wheels, even detecting different types of shakes. The collected information helps to fill in the rings “Exercise” and “Mobility”. And in the program “Training” there are even two modes of training in a wheelchair.