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Apple Watch users will once again be able to complete an Activity Challenge for New Year's. Those who close all three of their stand/roll, exercise, and move rings for seven days in a row at any point in January will earn a special award in the Fitness app and custom animated stickers that can be used in the Messages and FaceTime apps.

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"Start 2023 off right," the Activity Challenge will say. "Earn this award by closing all three rings for seven days in a row in January."

The annual "Ring in the New Year's" challenge is one of many Activity Challenges that the Apple Watch offers throughout the year, with other challenges made available for Earth Day, Heart Month, International Dance Day, Veterans Day, and more.

We have shared an early look at the New Year's stickers below.

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Article Link: Apple Watch's Annual New Year's Activity Challenge Revealed
 
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Same procedure as last year Ms Sophie? Same procedure as every year, James ...
same can be said about this challenge, got mine starting in 2017, so #7 in Jan '23.
 

ronntaylor

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I've been slacking off on closing all of my rings daily. The Stand goal is almost too easy not to close as I consciously get up and use wireless headphones on calls to allow me to stand and move; but the Exercise and Move has been a challenge the last few months. Too much traveling and cold weather deters me get out to speed walk or hike.

I'll complete it next month as I'm recommitting to closing my rings the past week or so.
 

yaxomoxay

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It’s not mandatory to join all challenges. Why shouldn’t others have it just because you have some kind of religion?
No, I didn’t say just for religion. I said - first thing - that rest day is important. That’s a fitness/health reason. I also said (which is an addition to the core concept) that people might have other reasons, including religion.
 

Jana_CZ

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The 7-days-in-a-row kind of goal isn’t bad at all. I’m an active runner but am carefully planning a day or two a week without running, so that the body can recover. It’s important of course - nobody wants injuries caused by overtraining.
But, recovery doesn’t mean I’d spend the day watching Netflix 😀 A swift 30 minutes walk isn’t really “exercising”, is it… but it does close the Exercise ring without any extra effort, while helping also with the Activity ring quite nicely. Yeah, it means forcing myself out into the cold (and the timing - a January challenge - is quite mean to us in the Northern hemisphere 🥶), but it feels pretty good, all the fresh air etc. Active recovery FTW! 😃
 

Wiesławo

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New activities are a step in the right direction, but Apple is still far from the likes of Garmin or Polar. A great example is the Genler application - such a thing should be at least as a residual functionality built into the watch, which is supposed to be smart. Of course, I can buy an external application, but spending a lot on a watch, I expect the richest and one of the most advanced technology companies in the world to deliver functionality. Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver.
 

jamdex

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Agreed. The 7 days a week or “every day this month” challenges should not exist. Not only rest day is important, but there are other reasons (including religious customs).
Can you cite where says a rest day is important? Genuinely interested, i try to close my rings every day and i'm under the impression that regular movement every day is good for you.
 

yaxomoxay

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Can you cite where says a rest day is important? Genuinely interested, i try to close my rings every day and i'm under the impression that regular movement every day is good for you.



 
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yaxomoxay

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Active recovery FTW! 😃
this, absolutely.

Ultimately a lot depends on the settings. Mine are 750 cal (Move) / 60 mins (Exercise) / 10hr (stand). The exercise and stand are easy even on rest day, the Move target might require some serious effort.
 

Jana_CZ

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this, absolutely.

Ultimately a lot depends on the settings. Mine are 750 cal (Move) / 60 mins (Exercise) / 10hr (stand). The exercise and stand are easy even on rest day, the Move target might require some serious effort.
Sure, depends on the settings… my activity/move is set to 450, which is an equivalent of a 7-8 km relaxed run for me (I guess the number can vary a lot depending on age/gender/weight etc). It’s not effortless to make it but what I meant is - it’s achievable by moving around and being reasonably active throughout the day 🙂

Anyway, the main point was - it’s achievable, though if some people prefer not to do it, it’s okay, it’s their choice. Though, saying that such a challenge “shouldn’t exist” because some people choose not to do it is something I can’t agree with. Doh, some people prefer to live without any electronic equipment (also for religious reasons), but that doesn’t mean that the Apple Watch “shouldn’t exist”, right… 🙂
 

yaxomoxay

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Though, saying that such a challenge “shouldn’t exist” because some people choose not to do it is something I can’t agree with. Doh, some people prefer to live without any electronic equipment (also for religious reasons), but that doesn’t mean that the Apple Watch “shouldn’t exist”, right… 🙂
well, not the same thing tbh 😂

Virtually all literature, and even bro-science, is clear that a rest day (which doesn’t mean slob day) should be a thing. Rest is as important as working out. It’s also important mentally. A challenge like that one is against the idea of a day in which the routine is broken in favor of rest and active recovery. What I am saying is that conceptually that type of challenge goes against the very purpose of the app and watch itself (healthier individuals).

Ultimately of course I am talking about a preference. I never really care about those challenges, the one I care about is the monthly challenge.
 
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