Apple celebrates Heart Month with New Apple Watch Activity Challenge and More

Apple has announced that it is rolling out a series of new heart health-related resources this February to support the health journeys of users in the US by encouraging them to keep moving and be informed.

In a Newsroom post, Apple announced that a new Apple Watch Activity Challenge has been made available with a new batch awarded to those who successfully complete it.

“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.”

Aside from the new challenge, Apple is also featuring a collection of apps that are built to help people improve the health of their hearts. The new collection shall be available in the App Store.

Apple has also shared some preliminary analysis of activity data shared from the Apple Heart and Movement Study. The analysis was based on over 18 million workouts which have been logged by Apple Watch owners during the pandemic.

“In a new preliminary analysis of activity data shared from the Apple Heart and Movement Study, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and Apple, found that after analyzing more than 18 million workouts logged using Apple Watch during the pandemic, study participants relied on getting their activity minutes in by walking, cycling, and running the most. They also found that participants ages 65 and older were actually more likely than their younger counterparts to stay on track, meeting their goal of at least 150 minutes of activity per week.”

For those looking to live each day with a healthier heart and those just getting started with working out, Apple urges them to check out the Apple Fitness+.

Those interested in literature focused on heart health can look into Apple Books.

“Apple Books is offering a collection of titles that focus on heart health, including books on heart science, emotional well-being, and healthy eating. For viewers, the Apple TV app is featuring a collection of movies and shows on heart disease, heart science, and healthy living. And on Apple Podcasts, listeners can find a curated group of popular podcasts on the Browse tab featuring medical experts that help listeners learn more about their health and the steps they can take to improve overall, fitness, mindfulness, and well-being.”

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