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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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?