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Mother's Day takes place in the United States this Sunday, May 14, and Apple is gearing up to launch an all-new challenge in the Activity app for Apple Watch owners in order to celebrate the national holiday. The challenge will begin showing up in the Activity app this Friday, May 12, but will only be open on Sunday.

To accomplish the challenge, users will have to complete a walk, run, or wheelchair workout that lasts for one mile or longer on Mother's Day. Users who meet that goal will get a Mother's Day achievement in the Activity app, and a sticker to use in Messages. The challenge will only be available to Apple Watch owners in the United States (via 9to5Mac).

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"Earn this rose badge and a special Messages sticker on Mother's Day. Just do a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of a mile or more in the Workout app or in any third party app that writes these workouts to Health."
Mother's Day will mark the fourth public challenge that Apple has debuted for Apple Watch owners, coming after a 3.1-mile workout on Thanksgiving, an Activity ring competition in January to celebrate the New Year, and a 30-minute outdoor exercise on Earth Day.

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Apple Watch owners can track their Mother's Day workout through Apple's own Workout app, or using any third party app that can connect and track exercise data through the Health app. Similar to the previous Activity challenges, users will have only the designated window -- in this case, one day -- to complete their workout before the achievement and sticker are no longer able to be earned.

Article Link: Mother's Day Activity Challenge Will Require Apple Watch Owners to Finish 1-Mile Workout
 
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ryanwarsaw

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Great, hopefully people get out and burn some calories. I can't imagine how this could a bad thing.
 

asiga

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A bitmap for walking. Do you remember when computers used to hold videogame characters parameters (lives, score, health,...) instead of our data from real life?
 

dannyyankou

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You could go on a mile-long walk with her and talk to her about what's new in her life (while secretly caring more about your proximity to receiving that rose sticker than anything she could possibly say).

Haha, I would love to but she's not one to usually go on walks or runs. She's more of a breakfast in bed type of person who sleeps late. That's exactly what we'll be treating her to this year :)
 
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NT1440

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One mile?!

How about a real challenge?!

Perhaps Apple should tell people to not drink that soda or order that frappucccino.
This is clearly a "take a walk with mom on her day" incentive, not a weight loss program. Not to mention that many people's mom's would have trouble going a full mile in the USA if they're over 60.....
 
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busyscott

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I love Apples sense of inclusivity, with the mention of a wheelchair workout.
I think it's embarrassing that corporations have to craft statements like this out of fear of offending a group that probably wouldn't (or shouldn't) be offended in the first place.

You call it "inclusivity" I'll call it "socially induced over-sensitivity."
 

Böhme417

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One mile?!

How about a real challenge?!

Perhaps Apple should tell people to not drink that soda or order that frappucccino.

It's probably easier to incentivize people to move than it is not to order a sugary beverage. In fact, with all of the mobile ordering apps available, it couldn't be easier to consume.
 
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Relentless Power

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Well, the USA is the fattest nation on Earth

Even so, the Watch can at least help motivate those who struggle with weight, and serve as a motivation device with fitness tracking.

There have been lots of Watch users who have lost significant weight loss with the aid of the Watch. It really is a useful tool.
 
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CarlJ

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Mother's Day will mark the fourth public challenge that Apple has debuted for Apple Watch owners, coming after a 3.1-mile workout on Thanksgiving, an Activity ring competition in January to celebrate the New Year, and a 30-minute outdoor exercise on Earth Day.
5K. The Thanksgiving one was 5 kilometers - not 3.1 miles - if they had intended imperial units they would have made it be 3 miles or perhaps 3.5 miles. Some news site called MacRumors even reported it as a "distance of 5K (3.1 miles)" at the time. 3.1 miles is a bit over 11 meters shy of 5K - nobody would announce/hold a "4.9889664 kilometer run", it was 5K. And measuring races/runs in kilometers is not an uncommon thing, even here in the US. Slavishly converting it away from metric is just silly - it's misreporting the news because you think it'll be easier for us to understand a dumbed-down version.

Oh great, now the rest of the world is looking at us funny. Geez.
 
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