Apple Watch Activity Challenge celebrates China’s National Fitness Day

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National Fitness Day
Competition is only available in China, sadly. But don't let that stop you exercising!
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Apple is celebrating China’s National Fitness Day with a new Apple Watch Activity challenge. August 8 was first named National Fitness day in 2009, commemorating the anniversary of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening.

To complete the National Fitness Day challenge, users will need to record a workout of half an hour or longer.

“Make August 8 an active day,” Apple notes. “Earn this award by recording any workout of 30 minutes or more on National Fitness Day.”

Apple frequently launches localized activity challenges around the world to mark different holidays. People who complete these challenges can earn exclusives badges in the Activity app, along with animated stickers for Messages and FaceTime.

For the most part, Apple’s activity awards are open to people everywhere in the world. However, some have suggested that Apple is increasingly shifting to region-specific awards. This year marks the second time it has staged a region-locked award for China’s National Fitness Day.

For more information on how to complete Apple’s various activity challenges, check out this handy how-to from my muscular colleague Graham Bower.

The importance of fitness

Fitness plays an increasing role in the Apple Watch. The device pushes users to “Close [Their] Rings” each day. This slogan refers to an Apple Watch UI element, which can be completed each day when users move, exercise and stand up a certain amount.

Apple recently updated its “Close Your Rings” website with short videos and stories detailing how different Apple Watch wearers complete their daily fitness goals.

Source: 9to5Mac