This Week in Workouts: Getting Rewarded for Exercise with the EveryMove App

I needed an extra day to recover from BlogHer (which was amazing, but exhausting), so this workout recap is coming to you a day later than usual. It’s also because of BlogHer that I was a little short on workouts this week. Not only that, but I was extremely sedentary from sitting in a conference all day and my legs were aching, yearning for movement. Running yesterday at the gym never felt so good!

Running with a running skirt and freshly painted blue nails from BlogHer

Running with a running skirt and freshly painted blue nails from BlogHer

You’ll notice the severe lack of cardio until yesterday. Also, I’ve been bad about taking Pilates classes for myself, so I’m adding that back in. Not only is it good for me to take Pilates classes so I can pickup useful cues from other teachers, it’s required to complete my certification with Balanced Body.

Here’s what this week’s workouts looked like:

Monday: Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Take Pilates
Wednesday: Teach Pilates
Thursday: OFF
Friday: OFF
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: Treadmill run 4.5 miles

Making the lack of movement very obvious to me was seeing it illustrated on a graph in my EveryMove app. Not only that, but I was watching all my friends continue to earn points while mine remained stagnant.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying out EveryMove, which is an app that tracks your activity and rewards you for working out. It allows you to connect with friends, which engages you in a little friendly competition.

How does it work?

Every time you exercise, you enter it into the app and earn a certain amount of points. As the points add up, you can put them towards rewards

EveryMove app screenshot

If you use other apps or devices to track your fitness, like MapMyFitness or FitBit, you can connect those with EveryMove and automatically earn points without entering them in yourself.

After every 500 points, you earn the choice of a new reward which varies from a $1 donation to cancer research to discounts on various products.

EveryMove app screenshot

What I liked

Friendly competition and earning points made it a fun way to track workouts.

You can connect all your apps and devices, giving you a seamless way to track your fitness activities across different platforms.

What I didn’t like

The points system is not straight-forward. They use a formula to determine how many points you earn for each activity, but they don’t disclose what that is. Read their explanation here.

EveryMove app screenshot

You earn more points if you are tracking your steps everyday with a device and since I don’t own a device, my points don’t add up as quickly as everyone else.

There was no way to enter workouts for the day before if I forgot to enter it on the same day. I sometimes added two workouts on the same day if I had forgotten.  Just found out from Annmarie at Fit Foodie Mama that you actually CAN add exercise for a previous day! See her how-to in the comments below. :)

It’s cool that I can donate money to cancer research just by doing my usual workouts, but the other rewards weren’t appealing to me, at least at the point level I am at now. I’m not sure what they look like as you earn more, though.

Conclusion

Anything that helps you stay motivated in your fitness is a good thing and this is fun option for those who enjoy tracking their workouts, especially if you use multiple platforms.

What devices and apps do you use to track your workouts?

Does living an active lifestyle make it challenging for you to sit all day?

 

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Happy Blogiversary to Me!

One year ago today I published my first blog post and told no one. In fact, it took a couple months of posting before I told more than a handful of people about it. I was shy about putting myself out there, afraid of what people would think, but eventually realized that I needed to tell people about my blog if I wanted anyone to read it.

Nowadays, I’m more than happy to tell people about my corner of the Internet because the more people I can encourage with their healthy lifestyle, the better. As I watch my readers grow, I’m in awe that people are coming here to read what I write and come away with ideas on how to live healthier lives not just for themselves, but for their families.

As I head out to the last day of the BlogHer conference today, I’ll leave you with a few of my early posts that you may have missed the first time around:

My first blog post

Is Costco the New Whole Foods?

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Outnumbered Eating Out

Flying Internationally With Kids

Traveling to France with Kids

The first time I met a blogger in real life

 

There’s a fun giveaway coming soon to celebrate my first blogiversary, so stay tuned for that!

How long did it take you to tell people about your blog?

How long have you been a reader?

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July Friday Faves

It’s the last Friday of the month, so that means it’s time for Friday Faves!

Let’s start out with my most favoritest thing lately:

Meeting Other Bloggers!

Last month I met Alexis from the super informative and oh-so-helpful baby sleep blog, Troublesome Tots.

Troublesome Tots and Fit Mama Love

A couple weeks ago, I had coffee with Jacqueline from Skinny Chick Blog, she writes about running and life.

Skinny Chick Blog and Fit Mama Love and kids

Last night at BlogHer’s “selfiebration” kick off, I hung out with Lisa from Healthy Nibbles and Bits, which I think is a pretty self-explanatory name.

Healthy Nibbles and Bits and Fit Mama Love

It’s so fun getting to meet the real, live person behind the blog. I’m looking forward to meeting even more bloggers during the rest of BlogHer this weekend and also next month at BlogFest.

Sproutzels

Sproutzels from Costco

A healthier pretzel made from sprouted whole wheat flour, these pretzels are extra crunchy and delicious. The salt on them is almost like it was painted on instead of just nubby bits of it all over. The kids are kind of “eh” about them, which means more for Doug and me! The last time I was at Costco a week ago, I bought three bags of them and now we have one left. What was that about portion control?

New iPhone

Finally! I broke my phone’s screen in March after dropping it one too many times and just finally got a new one. I was able to upgrade to the 5S without any additional cost too, so that was pretty great. I bought an Otter Box case to go along with this one, so it’s better protected against the falls.

Trader Joe’s Dolmas In A Can

Trader Joe's Canned Dolmas

I didn’t think canned dolmas would be good and put off trying them for awhile after I bought them, but today Emme and I enjoyed them as a snacky sort of lunch and we polished off the can together. If you’re unfamiliar with dolmas, they are grape leaves stuffed with rice and are a traditional Greek food. I’ve always loved them, but was highly skeptical of the canned variety.

Emme Saying Flamingo

I’ll leave you with this because i know you wanted to hear her say it. :)

You can tell I had her say it for the camera once before this because she starts out asking if I want her to say it again. Now whenever I go to record her, she says “f*ck-ohhh” and then asks to see it. She might never say flamingo properly with how we laugh at her now

Happy Friday!

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