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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Comments 8

  • I also downloaded the Every Move app and like you, I don’t own a tracking device so my points aren’t adding up as quickly either even though I tend to be active every day. I do think there is a way to enter the previous day’s activity if you forget though- I would have to look at it again but I am pretty sure I have entered past work outs into the app it just took me a few minutes to figure out! I have like 3 friends on there- going to add you now 🙂

    • Oh, that would be great–I’d love to know how if you figure it out again. I don’t have many friends on there either yet, so I’m happy to have another one!

      • Just added you 🙂

        Ok, so this is how you add previous activities: 1. Go to “Add Activity” on the Home screen. 2. Pick activity. 3. Input the time you did activity for. 4. The blue screen will appear that says ” I (inset activity) for (insert time). Just above the activity it will say “Just now”- press there on the screen and you can change the date/time to when the actual activity occurred.

        Hope that made sense and helps 🙂 Let me know if you want me to explain it better, haha!

        • That’s great! I had no idea you could click on the “just now” and change it to a different time. Thanks so much!

        • I have over 1,000 points and not seeing any reward options. Am I doing something wrong?

          • There should be a tab for rewards. If you click over to http://www.everymove.org, you’ll see a “Rewards” tab there that should show you what you’ve earned. If you aren’t seeing anything, I would contact them directly. Hope that helps!

  • I’ve always wanted to participate in an APP that rewards you with points that translates to $$ because I would make millions in a week because alone I do 2 hours of cardio a day! LOL!

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