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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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).

    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.


    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
  2. jef82 macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2011
    Why only the United States? There are other countries in this world with this holiday :/
  3. Bollockser macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2014
  4. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    Great, hopefully people get out and burn some calories. I can't imagine how this could a bad thing.
  5. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    I love Apples sense of inclusivity, with the mention of a wheelchair workout.
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    I usually like these challenges, but I think I'll spend that time with my mom instead.
  7. Grayburn macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2010
    London, England
  8. asiga macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    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?
  9. ck2875 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    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 [joking])
  10. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    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 :)
  11. LordQ, May 8, 2017
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    LordQ Suspended


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  12. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Don't worry. I'm sure someone here will figure out how this is a bad thing before the thread hits a second page.
  13. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Wow, people actually pay attention to these "challenges"?
  14. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    peanut farm
    easy!!! Just finished a 5K without stopping, and I'm not athletic
    Do another 5K like Thanksgiving
  15. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    One mile?!

    How about a real challenge?!

    Perhaps Apple should tell people to not drink that soda or order that frappucccino.
  16. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    Would rather eat out with my mom instead - does that count?
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    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.....
  18. busyscott macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2015
    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."
  19. Böhme417 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    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.
  20. Relentless Power, May 8, 2017
    Last edited: May 8, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  21. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Sounds good, but one mile is not a work out… unless I was crawling.
  22. Attirex macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2015
    I will do the mile in memory of my mother, who died in December.

  23. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Sure, if you walk a mile to the restaurant. Lol
    --- Post Merged, May 8, 2017 ---
    Sorry to hear that, but way to do something in her honor.
  24. CarlJ macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    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.
  25. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Fries with that?

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