Eclipse Yourself

Activity is one of the three Eclipse circles along with Recovery and Readiness

What is Activity

The more active we are in our lifestyle, the more energy and calories our body will use. Eclipse simplifies all this data and presents it in Activity.

Eclipse Activity analyses all your energy expenditure by calculating your short and long term activity baselines. Regardless of your health goals, everyone has an optimal zone to keep their activity in balance. This zone is reflected in the Eclipse Activity circle.

Tip: tap the middle of the Eclipse anytime to determine your overall health balance across all metrics. Additionally, tap into any of the Activity, Recovery or Readiness gauges for a detailed view.

Activity Divergence

When your red Activity circle is in full eclipse (or hidden), you are in balance in your activity. However, if you are easing up or over reaching, you will see some divergence and the Activity circle will pop out of the Eclipse. This means you are out of balance (as seen below).

How Do I Capture Activity?

Simple. Just wear your Apple Watch during the day and record any workouts.

The more you wear your Apple Watch, the better it can reflect your activity. Put simply, whenever you wear your Apple Watch, your heart is beating and measuring the amount of activity you are doing while awake. Even when sitting at a desk, shopping for food or going for a run, your body is using energy and burning calories.

More Than Just Workouts

Most people are good at recording workouts with their Apple Watch, but very little have any insight into everything that happens outside of training.

In some cases, for a person who exercises 4-6 times a week, you may still see up to 80% of active energy contributed from general tasks outside of workouts. That is a lot!

Eclipse lets us make sense of all this data by not just tracking workouts, but also non-workouts as 'general' activity.

Today's Activity Road

At anytime you can see how your activity is travelling. We visualise your activity journey as a road. The home Eclipse page shows Today's Activity which is the last 24 hours, but you can tap on the road or activity gauge to get a birds eye view over a longer period.

Staying on the road keeps your activity in the optimal zone. Every step and every workout counts, but doing this consistently is what counts the most!

The red dot ๐Ÿ”ด indicates all your activity from the last 7 days in one dot!ย 

The "Activity Road" is your personalised optimal zone and is split into 2 lanes. When the red dot is in the upper fast lane, you are getting fitter as the "road" is noticing a consistent increased effort over a longer period. When in the bottom lane, you are maintaining your status quo.

Push too hard or relax too much, and you will come off the road. But fear not, Eclipse Yourself will help guide you back onto the 'road to success'.

Tip: tap the 'Learn More' button under the Activity road to see a detailed breakup and explanation of your activity metrics.

Comparing Today's Activity

At any moment you can see where your activity sits compared to a specific day average (the green line). Additionally, you can also set a goal against a past day's activity of your choosing (the blue line).

The Green Line ------

The green line ------ will look at how many total calories you used for that specific day of the week over the last 6 months.ย 

This is great for users who follow a regular pattern of activity on specific days. For example, Wednesday's might be HIIT days, Friday's might be Weights days and Sunday's might be 'stay in bed' days. The green line will reflect this.

The Blue Line ------

The blue line ------ is an optional goal.ย 

Tap 'Set a Goal' and will see a list of your last 28 day's activity. Select any day to expand the view and tap again to apply that day to the graph as a goal. A new blue line will appear showing the target calories. This is an amazing monitoring feature, as we found a lot of users like to compare against a recent day.

If you wish to clear the goal, just tap the same spot where you tapped 'Set a Goal'. This will clear the blue line.

TIP: Come off the road? It happens to the best of us, don't worry, you can get back on the road to success with continual efforts! Remember the Today's Activity graph is focused on the road for the last 24 hours only, so if your activity is below or above the road, you will see a flat line. Just tap on the road or gauge to see the full picture.

Activity Gauge

The gauges are a reflection of your Eclipse circles, consisting of Activity, Recovery and Readiness. Each gauge is tailored to your personal health history.ย 

The white needle is your current measure against your longer term baselines, so if the white needle is pointing far to the left on the gauge, your Eclipse will be out of balance. The red needle is the "now" indicator to provide a quick glimpse on where you sit at that exact minute. More information below on the needles.

Activity - In Balance

Anytime the white needle is in the top centre 'light grey' segments, as seen in the below image between the yellow arrows, this indicates your Activity is in balance and you are on the road to success, meaning your Activity circle will be in Eclipse. Hooray!

But there is more. Depending where the white needle on the Activity gauge is in balance in the top 2 segment you can also identify if you are building fitness or maintaining your fitness.

Fast Lane:

If the white needle is slightly to the right, then your Activity is in a building fitness zone (fast lane), which means you are improving your activity trend and fitness. Making and staying in this zone requires a sustained increase in effort, as fitness takes time.

Refer to the below image between the 'building' yellow arrows.

Maintain Lane:

If the white needle is slightly to the left of centre, then your Activity is in a maintenance zone (maintain lane), which means you are keeping a nice consistent trend in your activity habits.

Refer to the below image between the 'maintaining' yellow arrows.ย 

Activity - Out of Balance

Anytime the white needle is in the far left or right segments (see the below image between the yellow arrows), this indicates your Activity is out of balance and you have come off the activity road, meaning your Activity circle will not be in Eclipse.

If the white needle is far to the left, you are doing too little, which means you are decreasing your activity trend and may need to look at increasing your activity. If you look at the Activity Road, the red dot will be off the bottom of the road.

If the white needle is to the far right, you are doing too much, which means you are pushing a lot more and may need to reduce your activity. If you look at the Activity Road, the red dot will be over the top of the road.

The aim is to keep the Activity white needle on the gauge in the top segments.

Tip: tap the Activity gauge to dive into the activity trends 'Road to Success' view.

White & Red Needles

The Activity Gauge is special in that it shows 2 needles (a white and red needle) for extra information.

(1) The White Needle

The white needle on the gauge is your primary Eclipse status showing where you are currently at in your balance for that Eclipse circle.ย 

The white needle will set in the morning to show you your Eclipse for the coming day.ย 

The white needle is the primary indicator that reflects if your Eclipse is in balance.

(2) The Red Needle

The red needle is only on the Activity gauge. This red needle is the "now" indicator to provide a quick glimpse on where your activity status is at for that exact time.

For example, it might be early morning and the red needle on my Activity gauge is behind to the left of the white needle . However, after I do some steps in the day and record a workout, the red needle is now slightly ahead of my white needle.

The red needle changes during the day based on your data to that exact minute, also acting as a forecast on where the white needle will be tomorrow if late in the evening and you are close to bed.

Activity Trends - The Road to Success

The 'Road to Success' provides a longer term view to understand where you stand in regards to your activity and fitness!ย 

Tap on the Activity gauge to open the 'Road to Success', which provides a simple solution to keep your activity in balance.... just stay on the road!

What is the Road?

The road itself is based on your longer term activity over a 4 week period.ย 

The more consistent you are with your activity, the wider the road will become. However, should you reduce your activity or become inconsistent in your training, the road will become narrow making it harder to stay on.

Staying on the road keeps your Eclipse Activity in balance.

Stay on the Road

Am I getting fitter?ย 

Am I doing too much?ย 

Should I be pushing more?ย 

How do I build back up after a break?

All this and more is answered by following the 'Road to Success', as it is personalised to you regardless of your activity levels.

Red Dotted Line ......

Each red dot is for one day. This is your rolling 7 day activity (calories) average, updating with each sensor measurement while you wear your Apple Watch. So all the activity you do over the last 7 days is reflected in this one red dot per day. When you have a bigger week of activity this will go up, or when you have a reduced week of activity this will go down.

The Fast Lane:

The road is split into 2 lanes as indicated by a dashed white line in the middle ------.

When the red dotted line is in the upper top lane, this is called the Fast Lane. The Fast Lane indicates that you are building fitness within an ideal zone for increased effort, however don't push too far or you will come off the top of the road.

The Maintaining Lane:

When the red dotted lane is in the bottom lane of the road ย ------, this is keeping your activity in status quo, otherwise termed maintaining. It means your short term activity is only slightly behind your longer term activity. Being in the maintaining lane is perfectly fine and great for continued health, however if you slip too much and drop your activity you will come off the bottom of the road.

View the Road History:

You can swipe left and right across the road ย ------ to see up to 6 months of data. Identifying when you come off the road or things go pear shaped is usually the easy part, Eclipse takes it to the next level by providing the analysis to get users back on the road to optimal health.

Tip: on the road graphic, tap on any of the dates under the road and the focus will auto-lock to that week.

Activity Mini-Gauges

At the bottom of the screen in the pop-up bar, you will notice a selection of small gauges, such as Activity, Distance, Load, Time and Running.ย 

Tap on any of these mini-gauges and the entire Road view, Pie Charts and Bar Graphs will all update with that selected metric as the focal point.

Tip - pull the bottom pop-up banner to see more information on each gauge.

Adding a Manual Workout

Maybe you forgot to start a workout on your Watch or you might be playing in a competition and not allowed to wear it. Never fear. You can use Manual Workouts in Eclipse to add the workout entry after the event.

To add a manual workout, tap into the Inbox or tap the little ( + ) icon above the Recent Workouts. Using the Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) formula, Eclipse Yourself will estimate the energy expenditure based on the activity type, intensity and duration.

Tip - if you need to delete a workout, this is all done in the Apple Health app. Open the Health app, tap Browse, tap Activity, tap Workouts, tap into Show All Data, tap Edit, tap the workout you wish to delete and select 'Workout & Data'

Training Load

Every workout in Eclipse will have a calculated load value, which is a great reference for quantifying the effort.

Part of this load calculation will be 'RPE', which stands for 'Rate of Perceived Exertion', or better described as asking you "how hard did the workout feel". There is no right or wrong answer, it's unique to you.

Eclipse will estimate the RPE based on your heart rate and activity type, or you can edit the RPE manually by going into the Inbox or workout details.

Tip: Eclipse Yourself will use any workout data that is stored in the Apple Health app, so if you use a 3rd party app to record workouts, make sure it has the ability to send a full data sync to Apple Health.ย 

Note that some 3rd party apps only send a summary. We recommend using the native Apple Watch workouts or HeartWatch app workouts if in doubt.

Pie Charts & Bar Graphs

Activity Pie Charts and Bar Graphs display a percentage (%) breakup of all your activity types over 7 days and 28 days. Tap or swipe to any day or week on the above 'Road to Success' and the Charts and Graphs will update accordingly.ย 

The Pie Chart and Bar Graph are grouped by activity name, such as "Running", but note that anything outside of workouts will come under "General" and be shown in red, such as walking around the house. "General" can account for a lot of activity you may be unaware of.

Tip - Having the 7 day and 28 day in the same view, means you can easily see if you are increasing or decreasing specific activities at that point in time.

Workouts List

Tap on any pie chart or bar graph to see a list of all the workouts.

For example:

Once in the list view, workouts will be shown as Quad Graphs like this:

Workouts - Quad Graphs

Every workout you record will be displayed in a Quad Graph, similar to a scatter plot but better. The objective of these Quad Graphs are to give you glanceable insights about the workout.ย ย 

For example, see the below the image for a cycling session I recently completed. The small red dot ๐Ÿ”ด shows where that cycling workout compares to all my other cycling workouts over the last 6 months, shown as white dots. The intersecting black dotted lines on the Quad Graph show my 6 month average over all cycling sessions.

Tap on any metric option under the Quad Graph to change the data focus. See below in the top Quad I am viewing "Cal/hr", but I can tap on "Cals" to change the view.

Tip: touch any Quad Graph to drill into that workout for a Workout Details view.

Don't Compare Apples with Oranges.

Quad graphs let you compare like for like.

For example, when you do a running workout, you want to know how that run compared with your previous runs.

Was my running pace quicker? Did I cover more distance? Was my heart rate higher?

No more trying to go back and forth screens to compare like for like workouts. Quads gives us so much more context in a single glance.

Workout Details

When you drill into a Quad Graph you will see the Workout Details page.ย 

This shows all the key information about the workout including a large Quad view, trend changes, personal bests, heart rate breakups, pace breakups and a heart rate trace.

The large Quad Graph on the Workout Details page is an important one to understand as it contains a lot of insights in one view, as there is a red dot, light shaded red dots, yellow dots and white dots. Below explains each:

Red Dot:

The small red dot ๐Ÿ”ด is where the current workout sits.

Light Red Shaded Dots:

The lightly shaded red dots are any workouts of the same activity type over the past 7 days. These are useful for understanding where your current session (red dot) compares to your last weeks efforts in this activity (light shaded red dots).

Yellow Dots:

The small yellow shaded dots ๐ŸŸก are any workouts of the same activity type over the past 28 days. These are useful for comparing your last months efforts in this activity.

White Dots:

The whilte dots โšช๏ธ are any workouts of the same activity type over the past 6 months.

Tap on any of the top header buttons like Cals, Pace, Avg bpm to update the Quad view to that metric. A percentage change will show for the selected metric compared to the 6 month average.ย 

For example, above I see that my cycling session Cal/hr was up by 35% and the duration was down by 21%, which makes complete sense as it was an intense session over a shorter time.

Scroll down the workout to view heart rate zone breakups, pace by duration and pace by distance breakups (depending on the activity) and a heart rate trace.

Want to Share Activity Data?

If yes to any of the above, be sure to look into the 'Eclipse + Share' add-on. A secure and robust sharing platform designed for Apple Watch sharing to iPhone and iPad.

Activity Widgets

Use widgets on your iPhone to keep your activity 'Road to Success' at your fingertips.

Eclipse Yourself has a collection of beautiful small and medium sized widgets on offer, as shown below. They are designed to reflect the key themes used in the app for activity, recovery and readiness.

How To Video

Sometimes its easier to watch and learn. Refer to the videos below to understand more about activity and workouts. Or view the entire collection on the Videos page.