When my wife and I drove 15 hours to Washington D.C. in
August, I decided ahead of time that breaking my streak for
a vacation would be fine. We ended up driving overnight both
ways and shared driving duties so I was able to complete my
Activity Rings during the day without breaking my streak.
While I wouldn’t recommend trying too hard to keep a
streak going, I have to admit that the effort on those two days
pushed me to keep going on days when I didn’t actually have
an excuse to slow down.
Step 5: Try New Workouts
workouts and rou-
tines with the Apple
Watch has also been
a blast. I started
out running, but I
wasn’t good at it and
decided it wasn’t for
me. Apple’s Workout
app can track ellipti-
cal workouts, so I
bought a used ma-
chine for my home
office and made
using it my daily ex-
ercise. I purchased a
bike to add outdoor
cycling to my routine just because the Apple Watch supported
the workout and I wanted some variety in my routine.
I revisited running a little at a time before it became routine.
I started running half a mile at a time (with a rest or two along
the way), then graduated to a mile at a time before adding
a 5K run every Sunday to my schedule, which is one of the
highlights of my week. I tested swim tracking when the Apple
Watch Series 2 first launched in September and plan to incorporate swimming into my exercise routine this summer.
Step 6: Share Your Progress
I’ve also found sharing the experience with others along
the way to be beneficial. Apple’s Activity Sharing is fun to use
with friends and family who use the Apple Watch too. Talking
about my goals and progress openly has helped me stay accountable.
“After a lot of failed starts in the
past, I can now say that exercising
feels like an essential part of each
I’m still a few pounds away from where I want to be, and
I want to explore new workouts and basic muscle-building
next. The Apple Watch has helped me gain confidence that I
can accomplish my fitness goals in a way that I didn’t think
was possible before. Going from being inactive to exercising
every day can be a challenging transition. After a lot of failed
starts in the past, I can now say that exercising feels like an
essential part of each day.
Gaming health with easy-to-capture metrics and achievable
short- and long-term goals has been an effective approach for
me. I would have had no idea where to start without technology as a coach. The Apple Watch has tremendously helped
motivate me to change my life for the better, and I’m happier
for it today. For anyone embarking on a similar journey with
the Apple Watch, best of luck on your goals.
Zac covers Apple news and product reviews for 9to5Mac, contributes to 9to5Google,
and hosts the weekly 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast.