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PSA: It's OK if you can't close your rings while social distancing

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Apple Watch (Image credit: iMore)

I don't know who needs to see this, but here goes – you don't need to feel bad if you can't close your activity rings when you're on lockdown or practicing social distancing.

We've spent the last five years being told that we should worship our Apple Watch and the Activity app. We should close all of those colored rings to make sure we stay fit and healthy. And that's largely correct. In normal times.

But these aren't normal times. Far from it.

If you're anything like me you spend far-too-many-hours sat in front of a computer. That doesn't help, but now we can't even go for a walk or run without being told we're too close to someone or that our trip outside isn't necessary. Small things like leaving the house to pick up the dry cleaning, call at the library, or buy a magazine – we aren't doing that anymore and, as a result, we aren't getting the steps in. And....that's fine.

How to set a calorie goal with Activity for Apple Watch

How to set a calorie goal with Activity for Apple Watch (Image credit: iMore)

I'm not saying we shouldn't self isolate here. Far from it. Staying home is the responsible thing to do and it's the only way we're going to beat coronavirus, at least for now. And it's the best way to make sure those of us with weak immune systems or underlying health conditions aren't put at undue risk, too. All of that is absolutely right, there's no doubt about that.

Which, again, is why we shouldn't put ourselves under too much pressure here. Our activity rings can wait. They aren't important.

Give yourself a break! There are enough reasons to be down right now without an inability to close three colored rings being one of them.

Stay safe, folks. ❤️

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • Anyone who needs to be told this has bigger issues.
  • The rules are different in each country, but in the UK you can still go out for exercise. If you're socially distancing, you can jog around someone, and not spread the virus providing you're not in a crowded area. If you're not allowed to go out at all, there are still exercises that you can do at home, and if it's not as easily possible to "close the rings", then just set your targets lower on the Watch.
  • No its not ok to give up on your rings. Thats just someone looking for an excuse. If you're locked down figure out a way. It's a good reason to focus on a positive.