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How to complete Apple's regional National Fitness Day activity challenge

There's obviously no better way to celebrate National Fitness Day than by getting out and moving a little, and according to a tweet by Kyle Seth Gray, Apple's next activity challenge will help Apple Watch users in China do just that.

Essentially, the point of the challenge is to promote health and wellness by recording a workout of 30 minutes or more. Because the holiday is all about finding joy in being active, the workout you choose is completely up to you. As a reward, you'll earn a super cool set of red and gold National Fitness Day badges designed specifically for the event.

This is just the latest in the series of activity challenges Apple has been releasing over the past couple of years in order to get individuals more involved in both Apple Watch use and their own personal wellbeing. Most recently, the company held an Earth Day challenge encouraging people to honor the environment by getting active. Rewards usually include badges and related stickers that can be used in Messages.

To help you jumpstart your National Fitness Day workout, here are some of the things you can do to get yourself moving.

Go for a photo walk (with or without puppers)

In many areas of the world, there's still time for some autumnal fun (or spring nature flings, if you're in the southern hemisphere). That means it's the perfect time to explore the great outdoors in your neighborhood: Grab a friend (or a doggie pal) and take a 5K photo walk, snapping as you go. If you live near a large park or preserve, all the better.

Just remember, for walk, run, or wheel workouts to count, you have to keep up the pace. So go brisk and, when you want to shoot, pause the workout, snap, snap, snap away, then hustle to the next spot.

Trail skating is in

Okay, so Apple doesn't officially have a skating option in the Workout app, but you can fake it by logging a running workout while you go roller skating, blading, or skateboarding on your town's paved bike path or trail.

Run, run, run away

Whether you're running in the gym, on the streets, along the coast, or in a park, a run or wheelchair workout is a great way to get your badge. You may not look as cool as the runners in Apple's recent Watch ad, but what's stopping you from feeling that way on the inside?

Play Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go Plus

Pokemon Go Plus (Image credit: iMore/ Rene Ritchie)

The Pokémon Go Watch app will in fact log a walking workout on your Apple Watch, so you can theoretically go for a lengthy walk and help hatch your eggs, too. Grab a Pokemon Go Plus and you can click to catch and spin as you go!

Your ideas?

How are you going to grab Apple's National Fitness Day badges? Let us know in the comments!

Originally written September 2017. Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

2 Comments
  • I closed mine today shoveling snow. Guess that’s one advantage to my snowblower breaking down
  • I got mine today by shopping at Costco, and celebrated with a slice of pepperoni pizza. Serenity, where do I find that Watch face shown in the first pic, at the very top of the article? I didn't see it in my S2's Activity app.