What do the colored rings on the Apple Watch mean?

The meaning of the colored rings on the Apple Watch explained in detail (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

I recently became the owner of the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE. This is my first Apple Watch and so even Sir Apfelot raises questions to which many other users have long known the answer. In order to help other newcomers to the Watch, I'll be covering such simple questions here on the blog in the near future.

One of them is, for example, the question of the meaning of the three rings that are displayed on the watch. I still knew that it had something to do with fitness and getting up, but what exactly the red, green and blue rings mean, I forgot after a short time ... you just don't get any younger! ;)

The meaning of the colored rings on the Apple Watch explained in detail (Photo: Sir Apfelot).
The meaning of the colored rings on the Apple Watch explained in detail (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Moving, exercising, standing - red, green, blue

After a short googling, I have it directly this support page from Apple found that explains all the colors and the meaning behind them. In detail, these are the areas of moving, training and standing, which I will briefly explain in detail here.

Red: move

This ring shows how many of the daily activity calories have been burned. I was able to set the "activity calories" at some point when setting up the Apple Watch. I used the value “Medium”, which corresponds to 690 calories for me. Important: The “calories at rest” that you burn while sitting do NOT count as active calories. In other words, in order to fill this ring, you have to actively do something. But not necessarily training. Going for a walk or pulling weeds in the garden also fills this ring. ;-)

And another tip: The Apple Watch is pretty consistent when it comes to time accounting. If a training session starts at 23:57 p.m. because you still want to fill the red or green ring, you have to have everything “in the can” by 0:00 a.m. sharp. At 0:00 the rings are all set to zero and it starts all over again. I am reporting from my own experience.

Tip: adjust the exercise goal or activity calories

If you want to change your activity calorie target, go to the App “Activity” on the watch. For example, you press on the rings and in the next screen with the large display of the rings (or another display - as long as you are in the activity app!) you press firmly on the display again. Then a window opens with the buttons “Week overview” and “Change movement goal”. The second button is the one we are looking for. There you can specify the exact amount of calories that the red ring should represent.

The activity app of the Apple Watch shows the movement goals that you have for each day in three colored rings that you should fill.
The activity app of the Apple Watch shows the movement goals that you have for each day in three colored rings that you should fill.

Green: exercise

The green ring stands for the minutes that you have spent with "training" in the broadest sense. The goal is to get at least 30 minutes full each day. According to Apple, exercising also includes “brisk walking”. I suppose heart rate plays a role here, because I also fill the ring with activities that are tiring but not really training: chopping wood, extreme vacuum cleaning around the house, raking the lawn or hauling buckets of sand. These fill the green ring just like high-intensity interval training. Of course, one can discuss the effectiveness in terms of muscle growth. :D

Blue: standing

To fill the blue ring, you have to “stand” and walk around for a minute every hour. Tim Cook said “sitting is the new cancer” – accordingly, the Apple Watch forces you to get up once an hour and then walk around for about a minute. This can be used quite sensibly by strolling to the coffee machine after you've already gotten up, pulling yourself a latte and then chatting with colleagues on the way back. I don't know if 12 lattes a day are healthy, but you've definitely had enough. ;-)

By the way: If you are a wheelchair user and tell your watch when you set it up, you will see a politically correct “rolling” instead of the term “standing”. To fill the roller ring, you can drive to the coffee machine just as easily as you can walk. The watch is quite tolerant. ;-)

The movement ring is not yet closed at 23:47? It will be close! ;-)
The movement ring is not yet closed at 23:47? It will be close! Only works with Extreme-HiIT ... ;-)

Tips: How to achieve your training goals

My first mistake was that I never started training on the watch. You can do this via the small jogger symbol, which you can either see directly in the main view of the watch or in the collection of apps (press the crown!) ... there is a green circle with a jogger in it.

For example, if you go for a walk, you open this training app and start a “walking outdoor” training session. The points for the green and red ring are already being counted. The red ring fills up even without explicitly starting a training session, but this way you definitely record it as a training session.

The next tip applies to anyone who can use an elevator: leave it on the left and take the stairs! This also scores points, because the watch also recognizes the altitude you climb on foot.

If you have little time, you can quickly fill the red bar with iPhone apps that offer HiIT (high-intensity interval training). My emergency solution if the red bar is still open at 23:30 p.m. ;-)

Well, now I wish you a lot of fun filling the rings! If you have any tips for the other readers, please leave them here as a comment.

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