The Activity app, as its name suggests, tracks your physical activity: the more you move around, the more you raise your heart rate, and the less you sit on your bum, the better your progress towards three daily targets.
If you’re finding it hard to hit the Move target, you can always lower the target – it’s the only one of the three that is user-customisable. When you’re in the Activity app, do a firm press on the screen and you’ll see the option to Change Move Goal. This does apply to today’s target, so you can always lower the goal in an ‘about to miss out on an achievement’ emergency.
But if you desperately want to hit today’s target without cheating – sorry, I mean adjusting your goals – there are plenty of ways to burn through those last few calories (and earn the Exercise minutes while you’re at it) before you run out of time. Above all, don’t assume you need to do a full-on workout or even go outside.
Comparatively static activities can work quite efficiently, as long as you’ve moving around a little and getting your heart going – we find practising forward-defensives with a child’s cricket bat curiously effective (if embarrassing), presumably because it involves steps forward and back and exercises lots of body parts. Conversely, doing the baseball mini game on Wii Sports seems far less effective, presumably because our feet hardly move.
Jogging on the spot, provided it’s fairly vigorous jogging on the spot, is currently our go-to method of topping up unburned calories at the end of the day.
For the Stand total, bear in mind that just standing for a minute isn’t enough to hit the mark for any given hour. You need to move around a little in order for the watch to notice. Walking down to the kitchen and making a cup of tea ought to be enough. But I’ve found that when padding round the house in socks or slippers (especially on carpet), it sometimes fails to pick up the steps, or struggles to pick it up for a while.
If you’re really desperate to hit the target you could put shoes on or go and walk in the kitchen or just jump up and down for a bit, but try to remember that by sitting less you’re seeing the health benefits whether you win the ‘game’ or not.
We have a more in-depth tutorial on
How to use the Apple Watch Activity app.