Best ways to complete an Apple Watch exercise challenge

It's time for the first repeat Apple Watch fitness challenge: U.S. Thanksgiving, 2017. This year, just like last year, Apple is offering Watch users the change to earn a special badge by walking, running, or wheeling 5K (3.1 miles) on turkey day. Just use the Workout app, or any App Store app that records workouts to Health, and get your move on!

To help you jumpstart your planning for this badge, here are some of the things you can do to get yourself up and moving.

Go for a fall photo walk (with or without puppers)

In many areas of the world, there's still time for some autumnal fun (or spring nature flings, if you're in the southern hemisphere). That means it's the perfect time to explore the great outdoors in your neighborhood: Grab a friend (or a doggie pal) and take a 5K photo walk, snapping as you go. If you live near a large park or preserve, all the better.

Just remember, for walk, run, or wheel workouts to count, you have to keep up the pace. So go brisk and, when you want to shoot, pause the workout, snap, snap, snap away, then hustle to the next spot.

Trail skating is in

Okay, so Apple doesn't officially have a skating option in the Workout app, but you can fake it by logging a running workout while you go roller skating, blading, or skateboarding on your town's paved bike path or trail.


Run, run, run away

Whether you're running in the gym, on the streets, along the coast, or in a park, a run or wheelchair workout is a great way to get your badge. You may not look as cool as the runners in Apple's recent Watch ad, but what's stopping you from feeling that way on the inside?


Play Pokémon Go

The Pokémon Go Watch app will in fact log a walking workout on your Apple Watch, so you can theoretically go for a lengthy walk and help hatch your eggs, too. Grab a Pokemon Go Plus and you can click to catch and spin as you go!

There's even an event on right now, which should include doubel XP and double Stardust by the time you start your workout!

Your ideas?

How are you going to grab Apple's second annual Thanksgiving badge? Let us know in the comments!

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