Garmin has announced a new date specific badge. This one will have you walking 10,000 steps per day for a full 30 days.
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It has been nearly two months since the last date specific badge was available. In fact there were three, two for Valentines Day and the other one for leap year.
The first one required users to record an activity on February 14th and sync your watch or fitness tracker to Garmin Connect. You were required the share it with someone else on Valentines Day to earn the second one. To snag the third badge users need to record an activity on the all-important leap year day, February 29th.
Now Garmin wants to get us moving again. The company has announced on its Twitter account a 10KADAY badge. No, you are not required to run 10 kilometres every 24 hours, it’s a bit easier than that. To earn this badge you’ll need walk at least 10,000 steps per day for 30 days.
Interestingly, Garmin says the “step streak must begin on or after the 1st of April”. So if you’ve been managing to move despite the quarantine, you past effort will not go to waste.
The 10,000 figure is a step goal many people aim for. It’s a nice round number that has its origins in the Japanese Olympic Games from a few decades ago. If you’re healthy there’s no reason not to aim for that figure, although most official recommendations suggest that above 8,000 is enough. Of course, the more the merrier. Health benefits rise as you up your step count for most people.
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If you don’t see the challenge in Garmin’s smartphone app that’s because it’s not available yet. Garmin has said that it is coming soon but has not specified a date. But considering you will get credit if you start moving today there’s no reason to wait for the badge to land. You will get rewarded, as long as you maintain your step streak.
The timing is a bit questionable considering the current situation. Perhaps this is why Garmin is holding off on making the challenge live. But with the right effort, you can make this figure even if you’re stuck at home.
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