When the second Apple Watch generation was announced, I preordered it immediately. It was right doing our summer vacation because I clearly remember doing it from my phone on the beach. It then took about a month for it to be shipped so I’ve had it for about a year now. Even though they look stunning, I never could make myself use one of the digital faces like the one with big numbers or the one with photos in the background. So my main choices were either “chronograph” (pictured on the left, that was my first face right when I got it) or “simple”. I used the latter for the most part of this year and only changed the color of the indicator, usually to go along with my nail polish, I admit it 🙂 As a big fan of complications, I used all the available slots, obviously. One for weather, one for date and day of the week, one for the next appointment in my calendar, and of course one of those has always been the activity rings. Not sure why actually. I used the other complications regularly but I never did tap on the little rings to see my progress. Instead I always relied on progress notifications to track my activity.
But then one day while having trouble falling asleep I was toying around with watch settings on my phone and set up the “activity analogue” face as one of the options. I liked it and selected it as my current face the next morning.
It has made all the difference since day one. To tell you the truth, I did not see that coming. It was a purely visual choice made out of boredom. But seeing the rings in full display with their corresponding numbers every time I checked the time (or anything else for that matter) made me obsessed with closing them. To be fair I made the effort before as well. It’s one of the features I like and use the most on my watch. But this little change still took it to a whole other level.
I never miss my stand goal anyway so I don’t pay much attention to it. I walk around on errands, go outside on work breaks and have enough chores at home so that alone pretty much guarantees I stand up enough times during the day. However if towards the end of the day I see I’m not going to make it to either my move or exercise goals I squeeze in a walk to get there. My dog is usually not amused by that since she gets to be my evening walk buddy and after her summer hibernation she’s not keen on taking walks at all (she’s a french bulldog with serious heat/breathing issues so we let her stay in for the warmer months). But we’re going to change that now that the temperatures are coming down 🙂
I do have to add that my goals are set pretty low these days. A walk would definitely not be enough to reach my regular ones but even a short one pretty much guarantees I get to the last stretch of my current rings. Another thing I like to do (if it’s raining for example, like today) is a quick NTC workout. Among other options The Nike+ Training Club categorizes its workouts by focus: strength, endurance, mobility. I’m feeling really stiff these days so I prefer something relatively short from the mobility category. They’re not all pregnancy friendly but I just adapt the moves as I go along and it’s fine. I know enough about stretching from my dancing days so this does not present a problem whatsoever but I do need a general guide that gives me some accountability and feel for the time and effort I’m putting in. When you’re tired from a long day and all you want to do is be a couch potato an app gives you just the right amount of motivation to make it through. And since I’m not getting that much exercise anyways I think it’s all the more important that I do make the effort and really try with little things each day. Even if it is just a fifteen minute walk around the park. Which is why I’m all the more excited about the change this face has made.
I do miss having my next calendar entry as a complication. Truth be told it is available at the bottom of the screen but I just can’t bond with it visually so I just rather skip it. If you set the calendar up as a complication in one of the corners it only serves as a link to the whole calendar without any info about the next entry on the actual face. But since I mostly have all day workshops these days I’m kind of getting used to it and I’m not planning on changing this face anytime soon. And with my maternity leave coming up tracking activity instead of events seems like a much better fit right now.
But never know, there’s an Apple event coming up next week, maybe it will bring an announcement that will once again change my view of this gadget that sits on my wrist day in and day out.
How about you? Do you count steps, close rings or something different? How much does it matter to you? Let me know in the comments.