In 2019 I really wanted to challenge myself physically and got serious about Apple‘s monthly fitness challenges. If you don’t know what these challenges are, here’s a quick rundown:

UPDATE: got December badge!

On the first day of each month, Apple Watch owners get a notification with a monthly challenge. This challenge is based on your history with the Apple Watch. The difficulty of the challenges increases or decreases based on your progress by month. Complete each challenge and you get a nice digital badge which is kept on both, your iPhone and Apple Watch trophy case.

The challenges vary by month, but they are more or less based on your rings. Apple Watch features three rings which drive the monthly challenges:

Move Ring

A red ring that mesures your calories burned for the day. You can select your calorie goal each week, but based on your activity Apple makes suggestions, which encourage a good daily (and monthly) challenge.

Exercise Ring

A green ring that defaults to 30 minutes of exercise per day. Exercise can be walking, running, or anything that requires movement. Breathing exercises (through the breathing app) are included as part of the exercise ring.

Stand Ring

A blue ring that is filled by getting up and moving around for at least 1 minute during 12 different hours in the day. This discourages sitting for too long which has been known to contribute to health problems.

That’s the idea behind the Activity app on Apple Watch.

Now that we understand the foundation of what drives the monthly challenges, here is what my 2019 challenges looked like:

January: Complete 1,590 exercise minutes (51 minutes per day).

February: Reach your daily stand goal 25 times.

March: Burn 26,102 calories (843 calories per day).

April: Complete 2,503 exercise minutes (83 minutes per day).

May: Reach your daily exercise goal 21 times.

June: Reach your daily move goal (700 calories per day) 29 times.

July: Close all 3 rings 30 times.

August: Reach your daily exercise goal 23 times.

September: Reach your daily move goal (700 calories per day) 21 times.

October: Burn 32,802 (1,058 calories per day) in the month.

November: Double your move goal (700 calories per day) 11 times.

December: Complete 29 workouts that last for 15 minutes or more.

Phew! That was quite a challenge. Before I share my progress, here’s how I ended 2018’s challenges:

Yeah, it was an “OK” year. I did well January – May, a good streak which was then followed by a failed June – August streak of its own. Then I just completed September and November.

7 of 12 is not bad… right? Well, if this was a fitness test, my grade would be 58%. Maybe that wasn’t so good.

I took that as motivation to make progress in 2019 and finish off with a 100% completion. So… how did I do?

What an improvement! Though I’m not done with December,  UPDATE: Got December on 12/20, I will complete it which will give me 11 completed monthly challenges. The only month I wasn’t able to finish off was July, and that was a tough one. That month, a 31-day month, I had to close ALL 3 rings 30 times. Only 1 day grace period, which I failed to do. That’s OK, I got 92% completion rate. That’s like an A! 

Now that we are closing the year out, I’m a bit nervous to see what challenges I’ll get in 2020. My goal is to finish off with a 100% completion rate.

Let’s do this! 💪

If you also participate in Apple Watch’s monthly challenges and need some motivation, hit me up on TWITTER and we can motivate each other. The monthly challenges are not the same for each person and are unique to you, but we can still help each other out! No shaming!