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Apple issues an activity challenge to Apple Watch owners

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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? 

[Dan Moren is the East Coast Bureau Chief of Six Colors. You can find him on Mastodon at or reach him by email at His latest novel, the supernatural detective story All Souls Lost, is now available for pre-order.]

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