Apple currently sells three different Apple Watch models – the 6, SE, and 3 series – and while it’s true that each has slightly different features and capabilities, they all track your fitness in pretty much the same way.
This is because every Apple Watch has more of the same sensors that track fitness, including a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS, gyroscope, and altimeter. They all sync with the Fitness and Health apps on your iPhone, and they all use activity rings to show you how you’re progressing towards your fitness goals throughout the day.
What do the red, green, and blue activity rings mean?
If you don’t know, activity rings have been a feature of the Activity app – which is now the “Fitness” app – since Apple released the first Apple Watch in 2015. And to be honest, activity rings haven’t changed much. over the past five years. There are always three rings, each representing a different fitness or movement goal that you should aim to achieve in one day.
• The Red The activity ring (also known as the Move ring) represents your movement and shows you how many active calories you have burned.
• The green The activity ring (aka your exercise ring) represents your exercise and shows you how many minutes of “fast activity” you did during the day.
• And the blue The activity ring (aka your ring of support) shows how many times you’ve stood up during the day.
Finally, you can customize all your activity goals.
When you set up an Apple Watch for the first time – any Apple Watch – it asks for basic information about yourself like your gender, age, height, and weight, and then uses that information to automatically set activity goals that populate the Fitness app. If you want to change these goals for some reason, reach them too easily, or don’t find them difficult to achieve, you can.
Prior to the release of the latest software update, watchOS 7, the red Move ring, which measures your active calories burned, was the only activity ring you could adjust, which had been a bit of a letdown. But with watchOS 7, which is available on all Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you can customize your stand times and exercise minutes as well.
Here’s how to change your activity goals:
• Open the Activity app on your Apple Watch.
• Scroll to the bottom of the first screen (the far left).
• Select “Edit Goals” and use the “+” or “-” to increase / decrease your goals.
You will first need to adjust / maintain your travel goal (red). Then, once you click “Next”, you can change your exercise goal. And finally, after selecting “Next” again, you will be able to adjust your stand goal. Select “OK” when finished.
Customize reminders and notifications.
Let’s be honest, each of us doesn’t want to be reminded that we didn’t get up in the last hour. While some of us need that extra encouragement to train in order to achieve that daily goal or monthly challenge. Fortunately, you can adjust these notifications, but only on your iPhone. Here’s how:
• Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
• Make sure you’re in the My Watch tab, then select Activity.
• You can turn on / off your various notifications and reminders as you see fit.
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