Achievement badges are a funny thing. you know they’re a simple bit of visual flair, they’re not even ACT whatever, and yet for some reason only you THERE to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and achievement badges for Apple Watch activity tracking have inspired many users to exercise.
If you want to maximize your badge count, you’ll want to chase as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some limited-time special events available as well. Here is a list of all activity achievements for Apple Watch and how to unlock them.
Updated 02/28/23: March 8 is International Women’s Day. Complete any workout of 20 minutes or more to earn the badge and animated iMessage stickers.
Most achievements can be obtained throughout the year. If you open the ACTIVITY app on your iPhone, then go to Achievements tab, you will see some of them listed even before you earn them (thus they will be represented by a gray outline).
However, there are some achievements that are not shown until you get them. The past and future monthly challenges, for example, will not appear, nor will all the different individual exercise exercises.
Here is a list of all the standard badges you can get.
first [exercise] Exercise
The first time you do a new exercise for at least 5 minutes, you will receive an achievement badge. Every type of exercise that doesn’t fall into the “Other” category is eligible for this badge: from walking to yoga to HIIT to hiking and more.
Activities with indoor and outdoor variants, such as Cycling and Walking, are combined; You can do either activity to earn the badge, and it can only be earned once.
[exercise] Exercise Record
Every time you beat your previous best record for calories burned in any of the exercises listed above, you’ll earn this badge.
There is one caveat: You must first complete five exercises in that class. If you want to game the system, make sure your first four exercises of each type are short and easy, so it doesn’t take much effort to beat them.
Just complete any exercise for at least 15 minutes every day of the week. Note that the week is Monday-Sunday, and you must exercise on each of those days (you cannot do any seven days in a row). If you start a walking exercise whenever you walk outside, you will easily achieve this.
New Motion Record
Any day your Move ring goes further than before (meaning you’ve burned more calories in a day), you’ll earn this award. There’s a catch: you have to use your Apple Watch for 10 days before you can complete it.
New Workout Record
It’s 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 easy to get. Like the success of Move Record, you need to use your Apple Watch for 10 days first.
Move Aim 200%, 300%, 400%
You get this when you exceed your calorie target (the red Move ring) by 2x, 3x, or 4x, respectively. In other words, it is given for making the red ring of activity that goes around two, three, or four times a day. It’s easy to get if you set your Action goal too low.
New Motion Goal
Every time you change your daily Action goal, and then exceed that new goal, you get this achievement. You can change your Activity goal by opening the Activity app on your Apple Watch and pressing the screen.
Longest Move Streak
If you hit your Action goal (close the red ring) several days in a row, that’s a “streak.” You will get this award when your streak ends, if it is longer than your previous best streak.
It is awarded for four categories: Movement, Exercise, Standing, and All Activity. For the first three, just close the rings (red, green, or blue) for each day of the week. To get the Perfect Week (All Activities) badge, come closer three rings every day for a whole week. You can get it multiple times, even if it only shows one badge.
Remember, a week in the Activity app is from Monday-Sunday!
Unlike Perfect Week, there aren’t many different Perfect Month badges for different color rings. The only Perfect Month achieved is closing the red Move ring every day of the month.
There is a separate Perfect Month badge for each month and each year, however. So you can do it in February and again in March, and again in February of the next year.
Each month has its own unique health challenge. If there are notifications set for the Activity app on our Apple Watch, you will see the goal presented at the beginning of the month, but you will also see the current month’s challenge in the Achievements tab of the Activity app on your iPhone. It will be a gray outline before it is completed, but you can tap it to see what the challenge entails.
The monthly challenge may challenge you to burn a certain number of calories, work out more times, or travel a certain distance. There’s no telling what each new month will bring, you just have to watch!
100, 365, 500, 1,000 Move Goals
If you hit your daily Action goal (close the red ring) 100 times, you’ll get an achievement badge. You get another for hitting it 365 times, 500 times, and 1,000 times. It doesn’t have to be in a row; it’s just the total number of times you hit the target.
Apple offers several one-off challenges each year that are only available for a limited time. Usually, they are only one day or one weekend. Some are limited to the US because they are based on US holidays.
You’ll get a notification on your Apple Watch when one of these comes up (make sure you have notifications enabled for the Activity app, using the Watch app on your iPhone).
International Women’s Day (March 8)
On March 8, show your support for the empowerment of women everywhere. Do any exercise for 20 minutes or more to earn this award. Record your time using the Workout app or any app that adds Health exercises.
Lunar New Year (January 22-February 5, 2023)
Complete any exercise of 20 minutes or more between January 22 and February 5 to earn a badge celebrating the Year of the Rabbit.
Unity 2023 (February 2023)
Close your Move ring for seven days in a row to complete the Unity challenge in honor of Black History Month.
Heart Month (February 14, 2023)
To complete a badge celebrating Heart Month, complete an exercise session of 30 minutes or more on February 14.
Veterans Day (November 11, 2022)
Apple says, “Earn this special award on November 11 by doing any workout for 11 minutes or more. Record your time in the Workout app or any app that adds workouts to Health.
Since Veterans Day is a US holiday, this badge is likely only for those in the US region.
National Parks Activity Challenge (August 27)
Record a hike, walk, run, or wheelchair workout of one mile (1.6K) or more by August 27 to earn this badge, along with some animated stickers for the Messages app.
International Yoga Day (June 21)
Earn this award inspired by the International Day of Yoga. On June 21, do a yoga workout of 20 minutes or more. Record your time in any app that adds Health exercises.
International Dance Day (April 29)
Get this award by recording a Dance workout of 20 minutes or more on International Dance Day, April 29. Record it using the Workout app or any app that adds Health exercises.
Earth Day (April 22)
On April 22, do any exercise for 30 minutes or more to earn this award. Record it using the Workout app or any app that increases Health.