On July 15, Apple celebrates the beauty of the U.S. National Parks system with a fitness challenge for Apple Watch users to get you out and exploring! Here are the best ways to ace it.
It’s time for a new Apple Watch fitness challenge: In honor of the U.S. National Park Service, Apple is offering users the chance to earn a special National Parks badge for logging a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of at least 3.5 miles (5.6 km) in the Apple Watch’s Workout app or other compatible third-party app.
Fun fact: Apple chose 3.5 miles to reflect the distance of the hike between Old Faithful and Mallard Lake in Yellowstone National Park.
Complete the workout, and you’ll get a special National Parks-themed icon in the Activity app as well as FOUR custom iMessage stickers. Shiny.
The slot for the badge will appear in the Activities app starting July 14 and a notification will go out on April 15. And though the badge is celebrating the U.S. National Park Service, this is an international challenge — everyone with an Apple Watch can participate. But, yes, that means Australia and New Zealand get to finish first.
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 summer photo walk (with or without puppers)
In many areas of the world, it’s time for some Summer fun. That means it’s the perfect time to explore the blooming bushes, trees, and flowers of your neighborhood: Grab a friend (or a doggie pal) and take a 3.5-mile photo walk and snap your favorite summer flowers. Or better yet: Go explore a National Park near you!
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