Everyone knows that working out with a friend is much more successful than trying to do it on your own. My best friend lives 3000 miles away. She is still my workout buddy. We use a free social app called MyFitnessPal. On it, we keep a food diary, weight and measurements diary, and track our exercise. On the ‘friends’ page, the app announces that we have lost weight (never that we have gained it back!), have checked in every day for x amount of days, and what exercise we completed that day. On each entry is the ability to comment with encouragement.
A new twist to the app is the ability to sync with other apps and devices. For Christmas, I bought a twin pack of fitbits (about $90 for two) and sent one to my friend. Fitbits clip securely onto a pocket or even to the center of your bra. It is sweatproof (but not machine washable). The Fitbit tracks the time, steps, calories burned, and miles you walk each day. Then, it syncs up with its app. The app then sends the information to MyFitnessPal. MFP takes into consideration how many calories you have burned based on the Fitbit data and your weight and adds the amount of calories that you can consume for the day and still meet your limit. Yea! More food!
MyFitnessPal also syncs up with Bodymedia, Digifit, Endomondo Sports, Everymove, Expresso Exercise, Swimsense, Mio Active, Runtastic, and a few pedometers and wifi smart scales. We all know that Librarians and Information techs can be a sedentary bunch. What a great way to motivate a group of people to get up and move.