What’s the difference between my Apple Watch and Welltory’s smart goals?

Okay, so what does Move/Steps mean?

How is this Move/Steps goal different from the one in my fitness tracker?

And the Exercise/Cardio goal is based on my workout time?

How is the Exercise/Cardio goal different from the one in my fitness tracker?

What about my Stand/Stand-ups goal?

And how does the Stand/Stand-ups goal differ from the one in my fitness tracker?

FAQ

No yesterday’s report in my feed. Why?

There are only two numbers in my report. Why?

I walked a ton yesterday, but my report says I didn’t get enough exercise. Why?

I worked out yesterday, but the progress bar shows a score of 0. Why?

I sat on the couch all day yesterday, but my report still says I got enough exercise. Why?

What is Yesterday's move report?

Yesterday’s move report is a short message that analyzes your activity levels so you can quickly see if you’re doing enough to support your health.

This message is based on yesterday’s step count and heart rate data from Apple Health, Google Fit, Samsung Health and includes:

  • key activity metrics — calories burned, cardio minutes, and how often you stand up & move around. A bit later, we’ll feature a smart move goal designed to encourage wheelchair users to move more.

  • progress bars that help you see how close you were to your smart goals

  • short tips to guide you through your progress.

And if you have an Apple Watch, you can also compare the progress you make on your smart goals with progress from your Apple Watch rings. Just tap the rings you want to check out.

If you have another fitness tracker, the report will look like this:

If you didn't wear a fitness tracker that sent us your heart rate yesterday, you'll get a report with just two numbers based on your step count.

Please note that some fitness trackers (like Fitbit) can't write your data to Apple Health or other aggregators, and you won't be able to get the report.

In a nutshell: what’s the difference between my Apple Watch and Welltory’s smart goals?

The key difference between them is the level of personalization. Our goals take into account your lifestyle, how you felt yesterday, and how active you’ve been over the past week.

For example, we won’t set ambitious goals if your measurement results reflect that you’re tired or spent the week running marathons.

That’s why you may hit your smart goals but not Apple Watch rings and still get enough physical activity to support your health.

More about the difference between Apple Watch and Welltory goals

Okay, so what does Move/Steps mean?

If you have an Apple Watch, this metric shows how many calories you burned yesterday. And if you have another tracker, you’ll see how many steps you took yesterday. The percentage shows how close you were to your yesterday’s goal. And short tips next to your goals will help you see if you need more movement (or a couch) in your life.

How is this Move/Steps goal different from the one in my fitness tracker?

The goal set in your fitness tracker is helpful, but you have to change it manually if you want to progress. Our goal self-adjusts daily, adapting to your lifestyle and progress on its own.

We take the WHO recommendations as the baseline, then personalize your goal according to your recent activity, lifestyle, and how you’re feeling today. We won’t push you to go all out if you’re under the weather or just starting your journey to a healthier you. We automatically adjust your goal daily, so you don’t have to manually do it on your tracker and clearly see your progress as your goals get higher.

And the Exercise/Cardio goal is based on my workout time?

Not exactly. This goal is here to help you maintain your cardiovascular health, so you need to get your heart rate up to meet it — stretching or light yoga won’t do the trick here, even though those are good for you as well.

The faster your heart beats, the quicker your progress bar gets to 100%. For example, a HIIT routine will likely help you reach your goal faster than a brisk walk because HIIT makes your heart work harder.

How is the Exercise/Cardio goal different from the one in my fitness tracker?

It’s more personalized, flexible, and progress-focused.

For example, Apple Watch sets a healthy 30-minute goal every day. However, it may become too easy for you in the long run, and you might want to switch to something more challenging. And you can do it — but only manually. If you haven’t nailed the science of exercise yet, you might be lost in calculations of a reasonable goal for your improved body — it takes time & effort to figure out what works best for you.

That’s why we developed a goal that changes every day and gets you to an activity level that works best for your body and lifestyle.

What about my Stand/Stand-ups goal?

Your Stand or Stand-ups goal progress shows hours in which you've stood up and moved for at least three consecutive minutes.

This goal will help you sit less and move more throughout the day, contributing to a healthier lifestyle. If you keep hitting this goal consistently, you’ll lower your blood pressure, relieve back and neck pain, increase energy levels, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and get lots of other health benefits.

And how does the Stand/Stand-ups goal differ from the one in my fitness tracker?

Again, it’s personalized for you and your lifestyle. For example, your Apple Watch wants you to stand up and move for one minute straight during 12 different hours in the day. Naturally, this can help you be less sedentary and more healthy. But what if you are a really active person? And you don’t need to get up every hour of your day to keep staying active? Then, you’ll need the goal to adjust to your daily routine and change along with your habits.

Our goal takes into account you and everything about you. Plus, to hit our goal, you’ll need to stretch those legs for 3 minutes straight instead of just one. This number is a result of our internal research. We analyzed our users’ anonymous data and concluded that 180-300 steps are enough for a healthy stand-up. Then, we translated this number into minutes using a special formula for your convenience.

FAQ

No yesterday’s report in my feed. Why?

It’s most likely you took your fitness tracker off, or there is another reason we didn't get your step count from yesterday.

We need at least your step count to generate a report with two numbers, and your heart rate data to create a full report with all three numbers.

If you want your report to get to your feed, make sure your fitness tracker shares its data with Apple Health, Google Fit, Samsung Health, or that your aggregator at least tracks your step count. Please note that some fitness trackers (like Fitbit) can't write your data to Apple Health or other aggregators.

If you’ve checked that your fitness tracker saves your steps data and shares it with Welltory, but aren't getting the report, please reach out to us. Use this link if you read this on your phone or tap a big chat icon in Menu > Help.

There are only two numbers in my report. Why?

If we don't have your heart rate data from yesterday, we can't see how much intense exercise you got. In this case, you'll get a report with two numbers.

To get reports that include your cardio goal, wear a fitness tracker that measures your heart rate and make sure it's synced with Apple Health, Google Fit, Samsung Health.

I walked a ton yesterday, but my report says I didn’t get enough intense exercise. Why?

Intense physical exercise is about cardio training — that’s when you get your heart rate up enough to boost your cardio fitness.

So even if you walk a ton, you might not meet your exercise goal for the day.

To make sure you get enough exercise, try to get your heart rate in a more intense zone and/or stay in your target heart rate zone for today a little longer. And to see your target zones, check out your move plan for today.

I worked out yesterday, but the progress bar shows a score of 0. Why?

Most likely, you didn’t get your heart rate up high enough while you worked out. Our smart goal only counts workout time in your progress if you’re exercising intensely.

To make sure you get your heart rate up high enough, check out your target zones and try hitting a more intense one.

I sat on the couch all day yesterday, but my report still says I got enough exercise. Why?

You either have been super active over the past seven days, or you’ve been feeling under the weather recently. In both cases, we’ll show that you met your goal, even if you took a day to chill out or recover.

As you remember, the WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, but these minutes don’t have to be spread out evenly. We consider this recommendation and adjust it to your lifestyle — if you are an athlete, your weekly goal will be higher than 150 minutes and depend on your workout schedule. So if you spent the week running marathons and then took Sunday off, you’ll still meet your WHO goal. And if you sat on that couch feeling out of sorts and used a tag or took a measurement to tell us about it, we won’t set you an exercise goal and mark it as “hit” in your daily report.

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