Apple has announced a ‘Ring in the New Year’ Apple Watch Activity Challenge to encourage health and fitness activity among users. The challenge begins at midnight local time on December 28 and can be accessed via the Apple Watch’s Activity app.
Participants must close three Activity rings each day for a full week in January in order to win special iMessage stickers and an Activity achievement. The challenge ends on January 31. Apple’s promotional poster reads:
“Earn this special achievement when you close all three Activity rings each day for any full week, Monday to Sunday, in January. You’ll also earn special stickers in the Messages app.”
Apple hosted a similar activity challenge during Thanksgiving. A sticker and turkey-shaped Thanksgiving Day Achievement were awarded to users who successfully completed a 5K walk or run using the Workout app. However, the Thanksgiving Day Activity Challenge encountered a few hitches with correctly granting credits to users for completing their challenge, according to 9to5Mac, but we can hope that those issues have been resolved by now.
This time around, users must meet their personal move goal for burning calories, complete 30 minutes of exercise, and move around for at least 1 minute of 12 different hours during each day to complete the three Activity rings.
The activity challenges are part of an Apple initiative to promote enduring healthy habits and lifestyles among Apple Watch users.