How to quickly close your Apple Watch's Move ring

I'm pretty active most days with my Apple Watch, but there are still times when closing my Move ring is a tad harder than usual—whether I'm under the weather or the weather itself is frightful.

So how do you get those rings closed on days when you can't or don't feel like exercising? watchOS 4's new intelligent coaching will try to give you suggestions based on your own exercise habits, whether that's a quick run or brisk walk, but I've got a couple of quick-hit suggestions for you, too.

High-intensity interval training (or HIIT) is my top recommendation: These are quick exercises like jumping jacks, pushups, and burpees that get your heart rate up quickly. To make them count, start a "High Intensity Interval Training" workout in the Workout app, then throw in 3-5 minutes of your favorite HIIT exercises.

Allison Sheridan of Podfeet told me that she uses quick one-minute planks to complete rings when she's missing that extra time, and I love this tip: Not only do planks register very quickly as high-intensity exercise on your Apple Watch, but they're also great strength training for your core, legs, arms, and everything in-between.

If I'm not feeling a crazy workout but want those rings shut, I'll often do one of [Fitstar Yoga]('s 12-minute yoga sessions at night; those contain shorter planks, but also stretch out your muscles and get you ready for bed.

Your tips?

Do you folks have any great tips you've been using to close your exercise rings during the day? Let us know in the comments.

Updated September 2017: Updated to include more HIIT workout tips!

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

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  • I was religiously trying to close the rings on my Apple Watch 3 by using the indoor walking selection since I can't run because of my back. I found it quite difficult to close the move ring when I could not get my walk in, usually 8 miles or so. I try selecting the "Other" selection in the group of activities and it works great on closing the Move and Exercise rings quicker. I bought my watch over a month ago and have lost 15 Lbs. by following the exercise system on the watch. Absolutely love it and it is fun trying to keep with the program.
    By the way one night I had to get my move ring closed so I started doing running on the spot in my kitchen and I ended up freaking our cats out in the process.