Apple Watch Owners Challenged to Earn Thanksgiving Day Activity Achievement

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    Apple is celebrating Thanksgiving this year by urging U.S. Apple Watch owners to bag a special achievement by recording a minimum walking or running distance on Thursday, November 24.

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    Available through the Activity app this morning, the Thanksgiving Day Challenge is the first activity challenge of its kind from Apple, and includes a share-able Messages app sticker as an enticement to get out and get moving.

    To earn the achievement, Apple Watch wearers must record an Apple Watch Workout distance of 5K (3.1 miles) on the day in question, using Apple's Workout app or any third-party app that syncs with HealthKit.

    An Apple Watch user's history of achievements can be viewed any time via the Achievements tab on the iOS Activity app.

    (Thanks, Dan!)

    Article Link: Apple Watch Owners Challenged to Earn Thanksgiving Day Activity Achievement
     
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    Nothing says "Thanksgiving Day celebration" quite like spending a 3.1 mile run away from the family.
     
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    Do you mean "running away from the family?"

    :D:p:cool:
     
  6. frumpy16 macrumors 6502a

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    We have a tradition of a bunch of the family getting together in the morning for a Turkey Trot race. It's a fun time and a great way to start the day that is otherwise a health disaster with the food and sitting around.

    edit: forgot the main point. I'm excited to get the medal.
     
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    This is really fitting, seeing as a lot of places have 5K/10K runs on Thanksgiving. I've done a 5K every year for the past several! Great way to eliminate the guilt of having too much for dinner :)
     
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    Or....the family can go for a hike together?
     
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    Nah.... they can wait at the house...
     
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    Indeed (but 5km is not a 'hike' - more like a walk).
     
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    I signed up for the 10k Turkey Trot, so I'm all set.
     
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    hmm .. i hope they will have events like this for non US people soon!
     
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    A 3 mile run takes less than 30 minutes. You can do that in the morning 6:30 - 7:00 before breakfast. It's not a big deal if you're trying to live a healthy life.
     
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    I'm really hoping that the achievement is available to all, I might not celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, but I do like the badges and being motivated to get out and about!
     
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    Given today's retched political climate I can see it being the only thing to maintain sanity...

    I would dread spending the holidays with my family.
     
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    I'm sure I will walk more than 3 miles that day, but it won't be a "Workout". I wonder if I'll get the achievement.
     
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    I was hoping more for the 5k (calories) achievement on Thanksgiving! Good on Apple to start doing this, they should come up with more shared experience goals. I'm just too lazy to get this particular one.
     
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    Challenge accepted. I can easily walk 5K between the dinner table, couch, dry bar and bathroom.
     
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    Haha yeah, I'm not knocking the achievement per se. I'm definitely going to give it a shot. I'm just salty that it's going to be <35 degrees Fahrenheit and raining/snowing on Thursday where I live, so then I looked and my gym isn't open because it's Thanksgiving.
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    Yeah I'm curious if it has to be one continuous workout and if it has to be specified as a workout or if the walking throughout the day works towards a cumulative goal.
     
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    I'll give my watch a special achievement sticker if it can last more than 80 minutes in activity mode without the battery dying.
     
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    Aimed at the younger generation which a large majority of expect a pat on the back any time they do something.
     
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    That's why you make it a family activity.
     
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    Your watch sounds like it's faulty. I use mine for monitoring 3-4 hour mountain bike rides and it's nowhere near dead at the end of the ride.
     
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    There's definitely something wrong with my software. I usually get the low battery warning after my 80-90 minute run in the morning. However, when I put the watch on the charger the battery percentage jumps up to 75-85%, which is where it usually is after a workout. Otherwise the battery and watch work flawlessly. This started after installing watchOS 3.1.
     
  25. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Because you're looking at this article short sighted with a snide remark. It has nothing to do with a "Sticker." It has everything to do with motivating and challenging the individual to push themselves to a goal. This is what the Apple Watch was intended to do.
     

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