The Apple Watch is a useful accessory that keeps track of your health and fitness levels. It’s a great way to measure parameters like the step counter, calories counter, heart rate, etc. You can also use several apps on the Apple Watch and even reply to notifications making it a great companion to your iPhone.
But, a lot of fitness data isn’t really useful unless you’re working out. With modern-day lifestyles getting more sedentary, it’s more important than ever to stay active. Well, your Apple Watch can help you do that. At least to a certain extent. You can share the activity on your Apple Watch with your friends and get notified each time they finish a workout.
You can also track your friends’ activity progress and compete with them to see who stays more active throughout the day. This can be a motivating factor for many to start working out. Here’s how you can share your activity on Apple Watch and compete with friends.
What Is Activity Data on Apple Watch
Your Apple Watch constantly measures your daily activities right from the number of steps walked to the hours you’ve spent sitting on a chair. The activity data is then segregated into three different rings denoting various parameters.
The ‘Move’ ring indicates the calories you’ve burned throughout the day. The ‘Exercise’ ring denotes how long you’ve worked out on a particular day. The ‘Stand’ ring denotes how many times you’ve stood up for at least a minute every hour for 12 hours in a day.
This is what Apple refers to as Activity Rings. The goal is to close these rings every single day by staying active.
Why Should You Share Your Activity Data With Friends
If you cannot stay active and close your Activity Rings every day, sharing the data with your friends can motivate you to do so. You can compete with your friends who will close their Activity Rings the first every day. This competition can act as a motivating factor for you and your friends.
You will be notified each time one of your friends completes a workout. This can inspire you to take a break from your work and go out for a walk.
How To Share Activity on Apple Watch
If you and your friends have an iPhone and an Apple Watch, here’s how you can share your activity and compete against each other.
Step 1: Open the ‘Fitness’ app on your iPhone. If you have uninstalled it previously, install it back from the App Store.
Step 2: Select the ‘Sharing’ option displayed on the bottom bar within the app.
Step 3: Tap on the ‘Add Contact’ option on the top-right corner of the screen. This will enable you to share your fitness analytics with the people you want.
Step 4: Tap on the ‘+’ icon on the top-right corner to choose contacts.
Step 5: Select the contacts you want to share your activity data with or type their names in the text field. You will need your friends’ phone number or email ID linked to iCloud or iMessage. Then tap on ‘Send’.
This will send an invite to your friends. Once they accept the invite, you can see their activity data in the ‘Sharing’ tab within the ‘Fitness’ app.
How To Compete With Friends
Now that you’ve shared your activity data with your friends, you can compete against them for a set duration and see who stays more active thought the tenure. Here’s how you can do it.
Step 1: Open the ‘Fitness’ app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Got to the ‘Sharing’ menu on the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Tap on the name of the friend with whom you want to compete.
Step 4: You will now see an option saying ‘Compete with XYZ’ where ‘XYZ’ would be the name of your friend. Tap on it.
Once you do this, your friend will receive a notification that you’ve asked to compete with them. If you wish to compete with multiple friends, just repeat this process for each friend.
You can return to the ‘Sharing’ screen in the Fitness app whenever you feel like to view the fitness data of your friends. Even they view your fitness data on their phones, of course. You can use the ‘Activity’ app on your Apple Watch to check your friends’ progress.
Share Your Activity and Stay Active!
If you have a sedentary lifestyle, this is a great way to stay active daily since you will be enthusiastic about doing better than your friends. It’s always fun to compete with friends, and sharing your activity is a win-win for both of you as it motivates both parties.