Apple Watch Activity rings

Closing your Apple Watch rings can become a fun and addictive challenge. But what should you do when you can’t get in a regular workout but still want to complete your rings on rest or sick days? Follow along after the break for how to effectively change your Apple Watch exercise goal.

Apple doesn’t allow users to adjust the 30-minute exercise goal like it does for the move goal, but there are a few ways to work around this. Instead of changing the goal, you can change how you complete the Apple Watch goal.

While some may feel like this is cheating, rest days are important no matter your fitness goals. Additionally, everyone will likely have days where it’s not possible to get in a traditional workout. Here’s what to do…

How to change Apple Watch exercise goal

Note this process has changed with watchOS 7, read our full tutorial on changing Activity Ring goals here.

  1. To start, open the Activity app on your Apple Watch
  2. Firmly press on your rings in watchOS 6 and earlier (with watchOS 7 and later swipe to the bottom) and tap Change Move Goal
  3. Lower your goal with the – button or with the Digital Crown
  4. Tap Update

How to change your Apple Watch exercise goal

Now, this is the part where your own conscience comes in to play with closing your rings. After you’ve lowered your move goal to be in line with a rest day, sick day, or another scenario, you can use these steps to easily close your exercise ring.

  1. Start a Mind & Body or an Other workout from the Workout app
  2. When you can’t do a traditional workout, stretching, a light walk, meditation, or another similar activity may be a good fit
  3. Mind & Body and Other workouts don’t require your heart rate to be at a certain threshold to count as minutes towards your exercise ring

Change Apple Watch exercise goal walkthrough 2

As long as you remember to close your stand goal ring, you should be all set!

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