How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity achievements

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re
just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even
do anything, and yet for some reason you just
have to collect them. Achievements are great
motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity
tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get
more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch
to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most
are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited
special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity
achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

Standard achievements

Most of the achievements can be earned year-round. If you open
the Activity app on your iPhone, then head over to the
Achievements tab, you’ll see some of them listed even
before you earn them (in which case they will be represented by
a grey outline).

However, there are some achievements that are not shown until
you earn them. Past and future monthly challenges, for example,
won’t show up, nor do all the various individual exercise
workouts.

Here is a list of all the standard badges you can get.

First [exercise] Workout

The first time you perform a new exercise for at least 5
minutes, you’ll get a achievement badge. The workout types
eligible for this are:

  • Cycling
  • Elliptical
  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Stair-stepper
  • Swimming
  • Walking

Activities with both indoor and outdoor variants, like Cycling
and Walking, are bundled together; you can do either activity
to get the badge, and can only get it once.

[exercise] Workout Record

Every time you beat your previous best record for calories
burned in any of the exercises listed above, you get this
badge.

There is one caveat: You must complete five workouts of that
type first. If you want to game the system, make sure your
first four workouts of each type are relatively short and easy,
so it won’t take much effort to beat them.

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You get a badge the first time you do each major exercise
type, and when you break a record.

7-Workout Week

Simply complete any workout of at least 15 minutes every day of
the week. Note that the week is Monday-Sunday, and you have to
do a workout on each of those days (you can’t simply do any
seven days in a row). If you start a walking workout whenever
you walk outside, you can achieve this easily.

New Move Record

Any day that your Move ring goes further than ever before
(meaning you burned more calories in a day), you’ll earn this
award. There’s one catch: you have to use your Apple Watch for
10 days before you can complete this.

New Exercise Record

This is just like the Move Record achievement, only for the
green ring. This one is based on minutes of exercise, not
calories burned, so it’s really easy to get. Just like the Move
Record achievement, you have to use your Apple Watch for 10
days first.

Move Goal 200%, 300%, 400%

You earn this when you exceed your calorie target (the red Move
ring) by 2x, 3x, or 4x, respectively. In other words, it’s
given for making the red activity ring go around two, three, or
four times in a day. It’s easy to get if you just set your Move
goal very low.

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Double, triple, and quadruple your Move ring goal. Reduce
your goal if you’re having trouble.

New Move Goal

Every time you change your daily Move goal, and then exceed
that new goal, you get this achievement. You can change your
Move goal by opening the Activity app on your Apple Watch and
force-pressing the screen.

Longest Move Streak

When you hit your Move goal (close the red ring) several days
in a row, that’s a “streak.” You get this award when your
streak finally ends, if it’s longer than your previous best
streak.

Perfect Week

This is given out for four categories: Move, Exercise, Stand,
and All Activity. For the first three, simply close the rings
(red, green, or blue) every day of the week. To get the Perfect
Week (All Activity) badge, close all three rings every
day for an entire week. You can earn this multiple times,
though it only shows one badge.

Remember, one week in the Activity app is from Monday-Sunday!

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Close those rings every day from Monday to Sunday to earn a
handful of badges.

Perfect Month

Unlike Perfect Week, there are not multiple different Perfect
Month badges for the different color rings. The lone Perfect
Month achievement is for closing the red Move ring every day of
the month.

There’s a separate Perfect Month badge for every month and
every year, though. So you can earn this in February and again
in March, and again in February in the next year.

Monthly Challenge

Each month has its own unique fitness challenge. If you have
notifications set for the Activity app on our Apple Watch,
you’ll see the goal presented at the beginning of the month,
but you’ll also see the current month’s challenge in the
Achievements tab of the Activity app on your iPhone. It will be
a grey outline before it’s completed, but you can tap on it to
see what the challenge entails.

The monthly challenge may task you with burning a specific
number of calories, working out a number of times, or traveling
a certain distance. There’s no telling what each new month will
bring, you just have to look!

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There’s a different challenge every month, so check your
Activity app.

100, 365, 500, 1,000 Move Goals

When you hit your daily Move goal (close the red ring) 100
times, you get an achievement badge. You get another for
hitting it 365 times, 500 times, and 1,000 times. These do not
need to be in a row; it’s just the total number of times you’ve
ever hit the goal.

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Close the Move ring often to unlock a series of badges. Set
the Move goal low if you want to make it easier.

Limited Achievements

Apple occasionally posts one-off challenges that are only
available for a limited time. Often, they’re only around for
one day or one weekend. Some are limited to the U.S. because
they’re based off U.S. holidays.

You’ll get a notification on your Apple Watch when one of them
is coming up (make sure you have notifications enabled for the
Activity app, using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone).

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Apple makes a number of special time-limited badges
available throughout the year.

There is no limited challenge currently under way, but here are
some of the past challenges:

International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018)

To get this badge you had to double your Move goal—the same as
earning the Move Goal 200% badge—on Thursday, March 8.

Heart Month (February 8-14, 2018)

To complete the Heart Month challenge, you had to close your
exercise ring every day for a week leading up to Valentine’s
Day.

Ring in the New Year (January 2018)

The New Year event challenge was the same in 2018 as it was in
2017. To earn the badge, you had to close all three rings
(Move, Exercise, and Stand) every day for seven days in a row
during the month of January. This is similar to the Perfect
Week (All Activity) badge, except it can be any seven days in a
row, while Perfect Week has to be one Monday-Sunday week.

Thanksgiving Day (November 23, 2017, U.S. only)

Time to walk off that turkey! To earn this badge, you had to do
a 5K workout on Thanksgiving Day. That means a walking,
running, or wheelchair exercise session that goes at least 3.1
miles. Apple offered the same challenge in 2016, too.

This challenge is limited to those in the United States, as
Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday.

Veteran’s Day (November 11, 2017, U.S. only)

Another U.S.-specific challenge, you only had to work out for
11 minutes to earn this one.

National Park (July 15, 2017)

For this one, you had to do a walking, running, or wheelchair
workout of at least 3.5 miles. Why that length? It’s the
distance between Old Faithful and Mallard Lake in Yosemite
National Park (a very popular hike).

Mother’s Day (May 14, 2017, U.S. only)

Simply complete a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of at least
one mile. I guess it’s supposed to be “go for a walk with your
mother” or something?

Earth Day (April 22, 2017)

Complete a workout of 30 minutes or more to earn this
badge. 

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