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 already been done. 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 "resting calories" that are consumed while sitting around do NOT count as activity calories. That is, in order to fill this ring, you have to do something actively. But don't necessarily train. Going for a walk or pulling weeds in the garden also fills this ring. ;-)

And another tip: The Apple Watch is pretty consistent in terms of 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 box" by 0:00 exactly. 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 the default for the activity calories, you can do this via the "Activity" app on the watch. For example, you press the rings and on the next screen with the large display of the rings (or another display - the main thing is that you are in the activity app!) You press firmly on the display again. Then a window opens with the buttons "Weekly overview" and "Change movement target". The second button is the one we're looking for. There you can precisely define the 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 a day. According to Apple, exercising also includes "brisk walking". I suppose heart rate measurement plays a role here, because I get the ring full even from activities that exhaust me but that aren't really training: chopping wood, extreme vacuuming around the house, raking the lawn or lugging buckets of sand. These fill the green ring just like high-intensity interval training. The effectiveness in terms of muscle growth can of course be discussed. : D

Blue: standing

To fill the blue ring, you have to "stand" every hour and walk around for a minute. Tim Cook said yes, "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 very sensibly by strolling to the coffee machine - if you have already got up anyway - pulling a latte and then chatting with colleagues on the way back. I don't know whether 12 lattes a day are healthy, but you've definitely stood enough. ;-)

By the way: Anyone who uses a wheelchair and informs their watch at the facility will see a politically correct "roll" instead of the term "standing". To fill the roller ring, however, you can drive to the coffee machine in the same way as you walk. The watch is quite tolerant in this regard. ;-)

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 rings are already counted. The red ring fills up without explicitly starting a training session, but that's definitely how you 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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