The Apple Watch arrives primed to help it’s owner stay healthier by default. One of the ways it aims to accomplish this is with a reminder that fires at 10 till the hour, every hour during the day. At first I liked this feature and embraced it whole heartedly but after 3 months I’ve changed my mind.
During the first few months of ownership, the time to stand reminder on my Apple Watch probably motivated me to actually get up and stand approximately 2 or 3 times. That’s it.
The thing is this: nearly every time the reminder showed up I was busy doing something I found too important to interrupt with a standing break — even a 1 minute standing break. It’s not like I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs or wasting time gaming or watching movies or something. During the day I’m normally working.
But the Apple Watch is smart. It doesn’t remind me to stand when it knows I already am. And actually, I stand for quite a bit of the day, especially in the morning when I’m in the studio filming awesome tech videos. Even so, when I am sitting (typically in the afternoon) I am usually editing those videos or writing an article or answering email or doing something along those lines. So, busy.
I don’t really mind the time to stand reminder on my Apple Watch, but I just don’t really get anything out of it at the moment. So I’m going to try turning it off for a while and see if I miss it.
If you’re curious about how to turn off the stand reminders on your Apple Watch, here’s how to do it:
- Launch your Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- On the My Watch tab click on Activity.
- De-selet Stand Reminders and you’re done.
I think Apple had good intentions with this feature and I appreciate the sentiment and effort in trying to get me to stand up for at least a minute every hour, but, as bad as it may sound, I can’t change my whole schedule around to make it happen. For the moment, I’ll stand when I stand (and perhaps drink more water as an insurance policy).