If you just unwrapped a new Apple Watch this morning, there are a variety of tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your new wearable. Read on for some guidance on our favorite Apple Watch features for health, activity, customization, and more.
Setting up your Apple Watch activity rings
For many people, the Apple Watch is first and foremost a fitness-focused wearable. The key to this is a trio of rings each represented by a different color: red for move, green for exercise, and blue for stand.
By default, the green exercise ring closes when you log 30 minutes of intense activity, the blue stand or roll ring closes when you move around for at least 1 minute of 12 different hours, and the red move ring closes when you meet your personal goal for active calories burned in a day.
This year, however, Apple added the ability to customize your exercise and stand goals for the first time. Maybe you’re recovering from an injury and 12 stand hours paired with 30 minutes of exercise is too much for your body to handle. People have also been calling on Apple to integrate rest days into the Apple Watch rings system, and feature at least gives users more control over their goals.
Here’s how to change your Apple Watch move, exercise, and stand goals with watchOS 7:
- On your Apple Watch, open the Activity app
- Scroll down to the bottom and look for the “Change Goals” button
- Use the + or – buttons to adjust your goals, or use the Digital Crown
- Tap “OK” to confirm your changes.