Tell Apple you want to increase your Apple Watch Exercise goal
Apple set its smartwatch Activity app's Exercise goal at a static 30 minutes, which limits your ability to boost the goal and challenge yourself to get more exercise. Here's how to tell Apple you want to increase the Watch Exercise goal.
Anyone who owns a fitness tracker, and who uses it regularly, understands that the real value of the wearables is in measuring fitness levels over a period of days, weeks or months, and then increasing goals to challenge themselves to be more active.
“Adults aged 18 to 64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity … There are multiple ways of accumulating the total of 150 minutes per week. The concept of accumulation refers to meeting the goal of 150 minutes per week by performing activities in multiple shorter bouts, of at least 10 minutes each, spread throughout the week then adding together the time spent during each of these bouts: e.g. 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity 5 times per week.”
Can you increase Apple Watch Activity app’s Exercise goal?
Apple presumably got the idea to set the Watch Activity app’s Exercise goal at 30 minutes from the WHO fitness guidelines. And that makes sense. However, though you can boost the app’s Move goals, or the amount of “active calories” you hope to burn each day, you cannot modify or increase the Exercise goal. I’ve increased my Move goals many times since I started using an Apple Watch, and 800 calories is my “sweet spot” — I typically hit it between four and seven days a week. But it frustrates me that I can’t increase my Exercise goal, and based on a number of threads I found online, I’m not alone.
I’m sure Apple is planning some significant enhancements to the Activity app in future software versions, and hopefully the Exercise goal gets some much needed attention. In the meantime, you can easily send Apple a request to let you increase your Exercise goal, using the company’s online Apple Watch feedback page. The entire process took me less than two minutes.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.