Apple will have three activity challenges up for grabs in February. This includes the Heart Month Challenge on Valentines Day, February 14th – in addition to one for Black History Month and a Unity Challenge badge.
We wrote about the latter two the other day. It is only this morning that Apple has announced the Heart Month challenge.
Just like in previous years, apart from keeping you fit, the aim of this 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.
2022 Heart Month challenge
You should start to get the notification about the 2022 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 thirty 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 Apple Fitness+.
Here’s how the company describes its challenge.
To help Apple Watch users stay motivated, Apple is offering a new Heart Month Activity Challenge to help people of all fitness levels put their health first by completing 30 minutes in their Exercise ring on February 14 to earn a special award. Also starting February 14, to help users earn the award and stay active, Fitness+ will feature a special section of 30-minute energizing workouts that will motivate users to get their weekly minutes of exercise.
The rules are a bit different every year. Last year users were required to put in sixty minute of exercise on the big day. The year before that you needed to close the ring seven days in a row starting February 8 and ending February 14. Most likely Apple has made the requirements in 2022 easier, as this month we have the other two challenges.
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Alongside the challenge Apple is raising awareness with reference to a bunch of apps in the App Store that help people improve their heart health. This includes app such as HeartWatch (Tantsissa), Gentler Streak (Gentler Stories), and Zones (Flask).
Finally, Apple has also taken this opportunity to announce the preliminary analysis of activity data gathered by the Apple Heart and Movement Study. Based on analysis of more than 18 million workouts, researchers have concluded that study participants rely on getting their activity minutes mostly by walking, cycling and running. More interestingly, the study found that those over the age of 65 are more likely than younger folks to meet their goal of 150 activity minutes per week.
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