The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital (and the children there) can always use your help. And if you’re a runner or have a little one who is, then you can help them by doing the smallest of things that you’d likely be doing anyway: running. Goldy’s Run is a kids run, 5k, 10 mile or 10 mile relay that you can run in April to benefit this great institution. For more information on the race see http://www.goldysrun.com/page/show/272099-race-information. Or if the video moves you, feel free to make a little donation using the donate link I threw in below.
krypted November 24th, 2013
I’ve started a list of Nike+ Badges and how to earn them using the web sites, apps and Nike personal trackers (Nike+, Nike FuelBand).
Nike+ and Nike FuelBand
NikeFuel is a gamification unit that composites steps and other activities to establish a point system by which you can track your fitness endeavors against those of your friends. Based on these points, you earn badges, displayed on the Nike+ website and within various Nike apps. Badges based on points include the following:
The Nike+ app on iPod requires an app; however, the Nike+ Running app in iOS no longer requires the adapter in the shoe to function. Feel free to wear your New Balance, Adidas, Sketchers, flip flops or go barefoot. Just make sure to have the app running so it tracks things. The Trainer app does require the correct shoes in order to function properly. Download the app here.
Web Interface Badges
Goals are set in the Nike+ web client and while they aggregate data from the FuelBand and Nike+ apps, they are typically viewed within the web interface and can currently only be earned by establishing goals within that interface. To log into the Nike+ web interface, visit http://nikeplus.nike.com/plus/running/home/<yourusername>. These goal badges include the following:
The Nike+ FuelBand is a device worn around the wrist (or shoe in cases where you’re trying to track biking data). The FuelBand has an LED that shows steps, calories, NikeFuel and other information. The FuelBand is one of the early wrist-worn fitness trackers, introduced in 2011. Nike provides a number of badges based specifically on the use of the FuelBand, including the following:
Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club is an app that provides videos and walkthroughs of various workouts. You are timed while you perform these workouts. As you complete each, you are awarded. The duration of time worked out and complexity increases, with the following awards based on the total number of minutes of the workouts:
My personal feeling about badges and awards is that they’re cute but that they’re not going to form a habit on their own. The trackers on the market should do as good a job as possible at helping you to change long-term behaviors. To me, having to manually sync a device makes it hard to base long-term judgement of the quality of your behaviors because you’re eventually going to stop using the device when you realize you forgot to sync it for a few days. The value of that long-term outlook of performance is really just a standard ROI calculation of what you’re getting out of things. For example, the impact of running an extra 10 minutes a day for a month on BMI or just what you see in the mirror. I like NikeFuel a lot because it’s a good start. And I think that Nike and the other fitness trackers (including apps that have no device attached) help me a lot. I look forward to seeing what’s next on the wearable frontier, for sure (maybe build a scale into my shoes at some point pretty pretty pretty please!).
krypted October 10th, 2013
Posted In: Running
The Fitbit Aria Scale tracks weight, body fat and BMI. It’s also pretty cool how it smiles at you too. As a gadget head, there’s really no way I could go through life without one of these. If you use a One, Ultra or Flex, this data gets synchronized to the same Fitbit account you use for other things as well. The scale can also be used by multiple people in a household, with each persons weight getting synchronized to their own account at Fitbit.
The Aria comes with batteries. But don’t put them in before installing the app. To set the device up, first install the Fitbit Wi-Fi Scale Setup application, located at the getting started page for the Aria: http://www.fitbit.com/setup/aria. Once downloaded, open the app. At the “Ready to connect your scale?” screen, click Get Started.
At the Personal Info screen, enter your height, weight, birthday and a time zone and click on the Next button.
At the Question screen, select Yes if the wireless network is listed properly; otherwise click No and select the correct network.
Next, place the batteries in the Aria and it will turn on automatically. Click Connect when the scale comes up and it will get joined to the wireless network. Now, this is a little tricky sometimes as the scale might go ahead and join the network and the app is likely never to notice. So at this point, once the scale restarts, stand on it and see if it can upload to your account. If it does, you’re done. If it doesn’t, try the wizard again (force quit, re-run).
Once installed, log into your Fitbit dashboard and locate the Weight tile. This will show the historical rating for weight, Lean vs Fat and BMI over time. Good for number nerding, working towards goals, etc.
krypted August 23rd, 2013