Apple's 'Close Your Rings' Employee Challenge Back On

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Apple in February typically hosts a company wide fitness challenge for employees at its corporate and retail offices around the world, tasking employees with closing all three of their Apple Watch Activity rings every day of the month.


The challenge normally takes place in February to coincide with Heart Month, but this year it was delayed amid the ongoing public health crisis that had people remaining in their homes for the early months of the year.

According to an Apple employee that spoke to MacRumors, Apple is reinstating the challenge this week, with the event expected to end on August 16. Employees who finish the challenge will be rewarded with a t-shirt that says "2020" in a logo with Apple Watch Activity-style rings.

Employees who complete the challenge each day will earn a "gold" ranking and will receive a gold pin along with their t-shirt, and there are also silver and bronze rewards accompanied by silver and bronze pins.

There have been no changes to the Activity Challenge, and it remains the same as before the delay. Apple has hosted similar challenges in 2018 and 2019, providing exclusive watch bands to employees.

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14 weeks ago
Why do the rest of us care about an internal employee fitness challenge?
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14 weeks ago
Depending on your goals, with gyms closed down in a lot of places, and it being 90ºF outside or even warmer by noon in lots of states, this could be a very tough challenge ;)
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14 weeks ago


Can't you just set your goals to the bare minimum to make this ridiculously easy?

You can adjust the calorie goal, but stand (12 hours) and exercise (30 mins) cannot be changed.
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14 weeks ago


Why do the rest of us care about an internal employee fitness challenge?

many of us like buying the limited edition bands from this challenge. This year we can’t. Useful info.
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Why do the rest of us care about an internal employee fitness challenge?

You are the one visiting a site whose stated goal is to provide every bit of information or rumor they can find that relates to Apple. Why take the time to complain about an article that fits the site’s stated goals but doesn’t appeal to you, rather than just simply skipping to the next article?


What a pointless article. Suitable for an internal Apple newsletter, not for a site with this distribution.

Translation: “I don’t personally find this article interesting, so no one should be able to read it.”
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You can adjust the calorie goal, but stand (12 hours) and exercise (30 mins) cannot be changed.

And, to boot, Apple watch is very poor at detecting long periods of non-moving standing, so even if you work part of the day at a standing desk like I do, you still need to walk around for a minute every hour in order for that hour to count toward your standing time.
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