I mentioned back when I decided to register for the 13.FUN challenge via Another Mother Runner that the interaction on Strava was a big factor in that decision because I was looking forward to the social support. It is amazingly gratifying to get kudos from virtual friends. 🙂 I use a few different apps to track my activity that give me a little boost of added motivation when I need it:
I’d never used Strava until the 13.FUN challenge because it seemed like it was designed for much more serious athletes than I am. It was originally designed by fairly intense cyclists to allow you to virtually train and compete with others, in that you can see how your performance on a certain route compares with that of other Strava members who’ve covered the same route. That honestly has no appeal for me as a member of the mid-back of the pack club. However, I am really enjoying the club chat board that comes along with the 13.FUN program! It’s been a great place to post questions and get support from others who are at the same phase of training as I am. While the “leader board” for the 13.FUN club page is dominated by people who get in more and faster miles than me, the message boards are dominated by other moms like me who are struggling to squeeze it in at slower paces and celebrating every little victory. Even when I don’t post or reply to comments myself, I love getting the little emails celebrating people’s victories or seeing someone with a question just like mine. I also love that Sarah, Dimity and the running coach who designed the training plan, Christine, all participate and answer questions there as well.
Strava has a built in GPS tracker.
As far as the activity tracking portion of Strava, the GPS tracker on the phone has worked well when I’ve used it but I tend to use my Garmin and then update Strava via the Garmin rather than using my phone battery by running the GPS if I don’t otherwise need it. I do wish the app made it easier to manually enter the workouts you don’t use the app to measure and to interact with the message boards through the app. With your workouts loaded, you get “kudos” from friends who are following you and likewise, you can give kudos to those you’re following. It’s a nice little boost to get thumbs up after you log a workout!
You can get virtual kudos from friends on your workouts once they’re loaded.
FitBit also allows you to share your steps each day via lots of social media options and the competitive part of my loves that my weekly report tells me how I’m doing in relation to my friends. 🙂 I only have two friends on FitBit, but it is definitely motivating when I’m not at the top of that leader board!
Thanks to a walk to the grocery store for hubby’s Doritos I got to 10K steps even on a rest day!
FitBit is also great about fun little email awards when you hit milestones like a new number of steps for the day or a flights of stairs. The former A student in me loves getting gold stars, even if it is from my tracker. Having the FitBit app helps me see where I am in terms of steps, flights of stairs, calories, etc as I go through the day without having to physically check the FitBit on my bra strap (which can get understandably awkward).
I started using EveryMove about a year ago after an email from my insurance company. EveryMove syncs with a wide variety of fitness trackers (I synce with my FitBit) and allows you to manually enter a wide range of fitness activities. You get points for those activities and those points add up to get you a wide variety of rewards. When I first signed up, my insurance company was donating money to charity for the points you accumulated. Beyond the deal with my own insurance company, EveryMove allows you to use the points to earn discounts / coupons for various healthy companies, like yoga classes or healthy snacks, or charity donations.
My go-to is the Make a Wish donation for my Every Move points.
Every Move just updated their app and interface and I have to say, I love the new visuals for active days. 🙂
Love the bright happy graphics for active days!
It also offers the opportunity to follow your friends and cheer them on with their various activities, including awarding them extra points.
I clearly get way too much of a self esteem boost from my electronic kudos, I know, but on tough days it’s nice to get that little happy gram on my phone. 🙂 It’s a just a slightly more high tech version of my old school calendar with stars for my workouts that I used in days gone past.
Do you like getting virtual kudos? It’s a like a shiny gold star from the virtual world, right? 🙂
I got asked to review the updated EveryMove as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, but got the app on my own and all opinions are my own as always!