Apple is already on its third challenge of 2021. This one will be offered on Valentines Day, February 14th.
Just like in previous years, apart from keeping you fit, the aim of the challenge is to raise awareness of heart disease. As you may know, February is American Heart Month. This is a federally designated event to educate on the importance of cardiovascular health, including coronary heart disease and stroke.
2021 Heart Month challenge
You should start to get the notification about the 2021 Heart Month challenge in the coming days. As always, successfully completing the task will earn a virtual trophy for your virtual mantelpiece. There are also a bunch of animating stickers that can be shared through the Messages app or on FaceTime.
This year you will be required to put in sixty minutes of exercise on February 14th. This will need to be logged through the Workout app on the Apple Watch, or another fitness app that works with HealthKit. The other option is to complete the exercise via the newly launched Apple Fitness+.
Here’s how the company describes its challenge.
Apple’s annual “Heart Month Challenge” pushes Apple Watch users to workout and log at least 60 minutes of exercise on Valentine’s Day to promote positive heart health. Completing the challenge with any workout app that logs data to Apple’s Fitness app will unlock the virtual achievement on the iPhone, Apple Watch, and in Apple’s Messages app.
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The rules are a bit different than last year. To earn the badge in 2020 you needed to close the ring seven days in a row starting February 8 and ending February 14. Most likely Apple changed the requirements in 2021 as this month we have the Unity Challenge for Black History month. That one requires users to close the exercise ring seven days in a row during February.
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