Apple Watch not giving you credit for standing and moving around? Here are five things you can do to fix that!
The first few days I wore my Apple Watch, the Stand Ring and I were at war. I tend to work both sitting and standing throughout the day, but kept missing that key Stand hour. With the Exercise and Move rings, you can still achieve those goals even toward the end of the day. Miss a few too many hours with the Stand Ring, however, and your day's goals are borked.
So I came up with a plan. An evil plan. You see, the Stand Ring is really based around a minute of movement rather than strict standing versus sitting — it wants to see you get up and walk around, or step away from the standing desk and do something more energetic.
If I wanted to get my Stand hours, I was going to have to turn that one minute of "standing" into something a bit more fun and useful. Enter: The Stand Ring games!
How to beat the Stand Ring on your Apple Watch and have fun doing it
Here's how you play: When the Stand Ring buzzes you you do a one minute exercise or adventure of some sort. If you work with people and know you can't do something routinely at ten to the hour, find another time during that hour. It''s the movement that matters.
I've put five of my favorite Stand Ring games down, but you can also substitute with any quick exercise you prefer.
I put the hardest one first — in part because it's what I've been doing most often, but it's also an exercise that gets your heart rate up quickly and gets you energized to keep working. The video below is a quick example of a burpee — and a semi-terrible one for form, as I was on burpee #30 of the morning when my camera finally decided to work — though I'm sure you can find lots of better, in-depth examples by exercise experts on YouTube and elsewhere on the web.
2. Arm claps
If you're not so much into the jumping onto the floor and do a pushup thing — or you work in an office where this isn't really possible — arm claps are a nice easy way to get your blood flowing and your back moving. You can even do these sitting down, though I recommend standing if you want to get a better stretch in your back and shoulders. I'll sometimes even add foot movement in there if it's getting monotonous.
3. Air squats
I don't like exercise too much, but I don't really mind air squats. They're another good, quick "get your body moving" exercise and help work out any kinks in your legs and back from sitting. As with the burpees, if you want to find someone with better form to learn from, YouTube is your friend.
4. Take a tea, coffee, or water break
When I worked in an office, I used to have a timer app on my Mac that would yell at me every hour to go refill my tea or water glass. I've since stopped using it, but the Watch's Stand Ring is a great substitute — if I've been stationary at my desk for too long, maybe I do need a tasty beverage to get myself moving again. (If you work at an office, this is also a great excuse to take the long way to the office kitchen to get some steps in, or to chat with co-workers to break up the day.)
5. Dance party!
If you hate exercising but love music, maybe a one minute dance party is exactly the thing you need to get yourself moving again. The rules for this one are simple: Put on a song you love and don't stop moving for a minute. If you really want to make it fun, dance for the whole song! Just, y'know, avoid putting on something like 2112 unless you want to be dancing for awhile.