My Apple Watch is only giving partial credit for my outdoor walks
I walk 2 miles every day for exercise. Sometimes twice a day. I record my activity with my Apple Watch.
On some of my walks the Exercise app only gives me partial credit for the amount of time I walked. For example, the other day I walked for 45 minute but only got credit for 12 minutes. This happens fairly often. Since I’m obsessed with closing my rings get I irritated when this happens.
Why is this happening? Here’s what Apple has to say about this:
Every full minute of movement that equals or exceeds the intensity of a brisk walk counts toward your daily Exercise and Move goals.
A brisk walk is considered to be walking at 3.0 to 3.5 mph. According to what Apple has to say, the reason I’m getting the discrepancies is that I’m not walking at a brisk pace for my entire walk. This is true. My walks include my dog Charlotte. If you’ve ever walked with a dog you know it’s not a steady brisk pace but it’s still a walk. Sometimes dogs lag behind and you have to pull them along. Sometimes they want to run. Yep, mine does that too. Sometimes they want to stop and smell a few things along the way. Sometimes they need to stop to go #1 or #2. I’m sure that what dogs do while walking disrupts the Watch’s ability to accurately calculate movement minutes.
So, here’s how I solved the problem of only getting partial credit for my Outdoor Walks. When I get ready to take off instead of selecting Outdoor Walk as the workout type I select Other instead. Since doing this I’m getting full credit for my walks. Check it out. This may work for you as well.