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By Dan Moren

Apple issues an activity challenge to Apple Watch owners


In the U.S., Thanksgiving Day is one for sitting around and eating a whole lot of food. 1 But Apple’s encouraging owners of the Apple Watch to take a break from all the turkey, pie, and delicious side dishes, and get a little exercise. If you’ve got an Apple Watch, you’ll probably have already noticed that the company issued a challenge via the device: walk, run, or wheelchair 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) on Thanksgiving Day, and you’ll get yourself a special badge in the Activity app.

Personally, I think it’s a great idea. Not only for all of us to get out and get some exercise, but also to use the Apple Watch’s social elements—such as Activity Sharing, which I think is a sadly overlooked part of watchOS 3—to add a little bit of peer-pressure incentive. If you’ve already signed up for your turkey trot then maybe you don’t need the extra push, but for the rest of us, well, who doesn’t want a virtual medal in the shape of a turkey, huh?

  1. To distinguish it from the other holidays in which we, uh, sit around and eat a whole lot of food?  ↩

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[Dan Moren is a tech writer, novelist, podcaster, and the Official Dan of Six Colors. You can email him at or find him on Twitter at @dmoren.]