365 Days of Exercise

The best part is that it doesn't even feel like a year.

One year ago I got an Apple Watch. I had already made up my mind that I needed to get more exercise and generally live better, but I needed things that would do so with little behavioral friction. The Apple Watch seemed to fit my need for auto-tracking movement and exercise, but do so in a way that not only fit my lifestyle, but gently push me to do more.

And did it.

Today I accomplished something that I thought I’d never be able to do: reach 365 consecutive days of reaching my activity goal. For those that don’t know how Apple Watch works in tracking your activity, it works like this:

Activity Rings

The inner blue ring is for tracking standing for 1 minute each hour for 12 hours in a day. The middle green ring is getting exercise each day for 30 minutes. The outer red ring is a calorie activity goal. There is a “Longest Move Streak” achievement badge that is for the longest consecutive set of meeting the activity goal:

Activity Streak Activity Streak

The infinity loop is especially important here: to me it represents an unbreakable desire to keep moving and living an active life. It has changed the way I eat, the way I exercise, and the way I view each day moving forward. It has helped me lose 65 pounds. The one year mark is especially significant with the publication of a study that suggests that I year of dieting and exercise tends to promote lasting weight loss.

So with that, give daily activity a try. Go on leisurely walk for a half hour. You’re body will thank you.

As for me, my next milestone is 500 days, which coincidentally falls on Labor Day this year. See you then.

Posted on Apr 22
Written by Wayne Hartman