Integrate Nike Running App With Apple’s Health App

The new Health app from Apple provides a conduit to run all of your health data through on an iOS device in order to then provide you with a single pane of glass to see all of your health related data. This can include diet, workouts, weight, blood pressure, etc, provided that the vendors of such devices or apps you may use support those features. The Nike Running app (not yet for the Fuelband) is one such app. And if you track runs with Nike Running then you’ll want to setup the integration asap, as the Health app only looks at runs that are configured after you setup the integration. To integrate the app into Health (and therefore showcase what Health can do) we’ll simply upgrade it and do so real quick. The first step is to upgrade the Nike+ Running app. To do so, open the App Store, tap on Updates and find the Nike+ Running app. Here, tap Update and provide your password. IMG_1717 When the app is finished updating, open it. You should be prompted on the first open after the update to setup Health Access. Here, use the sliders for each of the items you’d like to sync to Health. These include your NikeFuel (the fuel points obtained per run), the Workouts and, if you have a device that tracks Heart Rate, whether or not the Running app can access that Heart Rate data. Tap Done when you’re satisfied with your settings. IMG_1713 From within the Health app, you can then see what Health reads from and writes to the NikeFuel app. Open the Health app, tap on Fitness and then NikeFuel. Here, you can change the settings that were previously configured. IMG_1714 The NikeFuel entry will then start to sync with your Nike account. Tapping on NikeFuel in the Health app provides you the option to Show on Dashboard, which is the first screen of your Health app. Toggle this to enable the option. IMG_1715 Once enabled, you can see stats from your Nike Running app on the dashboard in Health. The data is then useable by other apps that can also integrate with Health, provided you allow it. IMG_1716 When the next run is synchronized, you should see data from the run populate the NikeFuel entry on the dashboard. The FuelBand, Nike Basketball and Nike Training Club apps have not been integrated into Health. But when they are, I’ll try and remember to come back and update this article.  

FitBit, FuelBand & Running Apps For Good Causes

I’m a big fan of the various trackers out there. I’m also a fan of making the world a better place. I’m also a sysadmin so intrinsically lazy. I haven’t yet figured out how to bot my way to a studleyrific body yet, but I have figured out a few things that allow me to donate to charities without actually doing anything I wasn’t already doing anyway using my FitBit and my FuelBand (yes, I’m still wearing both — I’m like Brett Favre making up my mind here). So here are a few sites I’ve been tinkering with:
  • EveryMove: This app is trying to do too much. But it also does a lot. Go figure. You can earn “rewards” using this app, put your insurance carrier in, add your employer (I’m guessing for emergency contacts in case you get wiped out on a run?!?!), put your gym in, integrate with Twitter and Facebook, use the app as a social network instead and most importantly for this article, earn rewards that are donations to one of a few different causes. Integrates with Foursquare so you get “points” for going to the gym, FitBit, Moves, Nike+ (running, not FuelBand) and MyFitnessPal as well.
  • Nexercise: As with the above app, you work out and opt to donate your points. But, this one isn’t integrated with all the wearables, so I don’t use it nearly as much. You manually enter your workouts and then they credit you with points, which are redeemable for a number of things, including donations to causes.
  • Earndit: This is a site, not an app. You can integrate with FitBit, Moves, Nike+ (running) and FourSquare to track trips to the gym. Use points and challenges to donate to charity.
  • GoFitCause: This isn’t an app, it’s a site. A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) provides purposeful physical activity and action-learning opportunities that help youth develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to make healthy choices that last a lifetime. Basically “pledges” your NikeFuel to the cause.
  • CharityBets.com: Set a goal, or organize a match, get people to donate if you meet your goal and then do some stuff. Good stuff. Doesn’t sync with the FitBit or Nike+, but you can enter your data.
  • CharityMiles: This app gives you a very small thing to do to help donate to a few different causes. My favorite part about this app is they actually tell you exactly what you’re earning: “Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to our initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool.” It doesn’t seem like much, but if you run a lot and you get others who do to join in on it, then it adds up.
  • Run4Good: You can tell by the name that it’s a good thing. Run4Good is by Saucony so it doesn’t integrate with any of the Nike+ stuff, so I don’t really use this a lot. But you are helping to fight childhood obesity each time you go for a run using this app. You can create Teams, win trophies and check stats. You can also integrate with Facebook and Twitter. But don’t.
  • Weightless Project: Convert your FitBit calories to donations to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

FuelBand Bug or Feature?

I’ve been using a FuelBand on and off for about a year. I upgraded to the newer FuelBand SE as soon as it became available, and immediately noticed that Nike built a bunch of new badges in for users of the newer devices. As you obtained more Fuel, you can unlock the ability to earn these ever increasingly difficult to earn badges. But, I noticed something kinda’ strange. Not all of the badges were available to me that should be. In fact, only a few badges were available. But, as I continued to obtain more Fuel, all the new badges unlocked. All of the badges from the Nike Running app were available. Upon further inspection it turned out that the only ones of the new FuelBand SE badges available were those that required the number of Fuel that I’d had when I got my first FuelBand. Basically, a loop where you need 1,000,000 plus the total that a badge is supposed to be unlocked at in order to unlock the badge. Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 4.12.18 PM Seeing a bug and a phone number for support on my Nike+ account, I called Nike. They were very nice and didn’t make fun of me for bothering to call them about something so trivial as badges from their app. The guy who answered the phone was very nice. I have to admit, I was totally surprised that there was someone on the other end of the phone to help me deal with an app issue. Then, today (about a week later) I received this email, restating the problem I explained to them:
Hi Charles, We have researched this issue a little further and I believe we have determined what is going on here. I appreciate your patience while we looked into this! Any trophies or milestones earned before the update on November 1st, such as the 500k NikeFuel milestone, are not awarded retroactively. This means that though you are nearly to 1 million NikeFuel, you have only earned 700k and above. Fortunately, you can start earning these earlier milestones again after you hit 1 million NikeFuel. It looks to me like those should be unlocked for you very soon. This is definitely expected behavior, and I am glad to determine that things are working correctly for you. Please let me know if there is anything else that I can help you with, Charles.
Holy crap, they actually bothered to research my utterly trivial issue. So I guess if you ask Nike phone support, this is a feature. But, I still kinda’ think it’s a bug. Reason I think that is because Fuel added to my account by the Nike+ Running app since I started using my FuelBand actually contributes towards my ability to unlock new badges. And it’s not like absolutely none of the Fuel from before works, just not a lot of it. I’m sure there’s a field in SQL that’s not in use until you use a FuelBand and it keeps a running total. Makes sense from a database standpoint. It’s not a big deal, and the whole point of this stuff is to be more healthy, so it’s not like I’m going to stop when I hit a million Fuel at some point this week anyway. The whole purpose behind this post is to actually express my gratitude that there was someone at Nike on the other end of the phone to support of all things an app they make available for free (granted, you need a FuelBand to basically take any use out of it but there’s a whole ecosystem of apps and you don’t actually need any of their products to use them). I am constantly impressed by the folks at Nike for the little things just like this. Thanks ya’ll!

Upgrade Nike FuelBand to Nike FuelBand SE

If you’ve been rocking a Nike FuelBand, and you couldn’t help yourself but to go out and buy a FuelBand SE then there are a couple of things you’ll need to do. The first is install the latest version of the Nike+ Connect software from http://nikeplus.nike.com/plus/setup/fuelband. Once downloaded, sync your elderly FuelBand one last time. Then, plug your new FuelBand into your computer. You’ll then be prompted for a firmware update. Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 6.54.02 PM Click Update and the FuelBand will automatically link to your Nike+ account. Once you start using your new FuelBand you’ll immediately be able to start obtaining some of the new trophies available, which I’ll document at the page where I’ve been writing up the trophies.

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Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 9.15.08 PMFinally, if you’re using an iPhone to sync your FuelBand, you’re going to want to update the Nike FuelBand app on your mobile device. Otherwise you won’t be able to sync it properly.

Nike+ Badges and NikeFuel

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:
  • 5K: Earn 5,000 NikeFuel
  • 10K: Earn 10,000 NikeFuel
  • 25K: Earn 25,000 NikeFuel
  • 50K: Earn 50,000 NikeFuelnike-fuelband
  • 75K: Earn 75,000 NikeFuel
  • 100K: Earn 100,000 NikeFuel
  • 150K: Earn 150,000 NikeFuel
  • 200K: Earn 200,000 NikeFuel
  • 300K: Earn 300,000 NikeFuel
  • 500K: Earn 500,000 NikeFuel
  • 600K: Earn 600,000 NikeFuel
  • 700K: Earn 700,000 NikeFuel
  • 800K: Earn 800,000 NikeFuel
  • 900K: Earn 900,000 NikeFuel
  • 1M: Earn 1,000,000 NikeFuel
  • 1.5M: Earn 1,500,000 NikeFuel
  • 2M: Earn 2,000,000 NikeFuel
  • 8K Day: Earn 8,000 NikeFuel in one day
  • 10K Day: Earn 10,000 NikeFuel in one day
  • 15K Day: Earn 15,000 NikeFuel in one day
  • 20K Day: Earn 20,000 NikeFuel in one day
Nike+ 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.
  • 3 Times A Week: Run 3 times in one weekNike+
  • 5 Times A Week: Run 5 times in one week
  • 7 Times A Week: Run 7 times in one week
  • 3 Weeks: Run at least one time 3 concurrent weeks
  • 4 Weeks: Run at least one time 4 concurrent weeks
  • 5 Weeks: Run at least one time 5 concurrent weeks
  • 6 Weeks: Run at least one time 6 concurrent weeks
  • 3 Months: Run at least once for 3 months
  • 6 Months: Run at least once for 6 concurrent months
  • 9 Months: Run at least once for 9 concurrent months
  • 12 Months: Run at least once a month for a year
  • Bronze High Mile Trophy: Run 15 miles in a month
  • Silver High Mile Trophy: Run 25 miles in a month
  • Gold High Mile Trophy: Run 50 miles in a month
  • Platinum High Mile Trophy: Run 100 miles in a month
  • Celebrity: Share runs on Twitter, Path or Facebook 10 times
  • Double Shot: Run twice in a day
  • Sneaker Head: Run with 3 different pairs of shoes
  • Resolution: Run on New Years Day
  • Dragon: Run on Chinese New Years Day
  • Uncle Sam: Run on the 4th of July
  • Chocolate Heart: Run on Valentine’s
  • La Fiesta: Run on Cinco de Mayo
  • Jack O Lantern: Run on Halloween
  • Early Bird: Run from 3am and 6am 5 or more times
  • Extra Frosting: Run on your birthday
  • Anniversary: Use Nike+ for a year
  • Night Owl: Run from midnight to 3am 5 or more times
  • Stormproof: Run 5 times (outside) in the snow or rain
  • Off the Beaten Path: Run 5 times on a trail
  • Beach Bum: Run 5 times on the beach
  • Intercontinental: Run on two different continents/countries
  • Comfort Zone: Run a route 10 times
  • Local Legend: Most runs on a route
  • Speed Demon: Fastest run on a route
  • Nike+ Challenge Race Winner: Win a Challenge Using Nike+
  • Nike+ Challenge Race Finisher: Finish a Challenge Using Nike+
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:
  • Run More Often: Set a goal of a number of runs and then complete the goal
  • Run More Miles: Set a goal of a number of miles and then complete the goal
  • Earn NikeFuel: Set a goal of how much NikeFuel you’d like to earn in a period of time
  • Burn Calories: Set a goal of how many calories you want to burn in a number of weeks
FuelBand 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:
  • 30 Days: Use the FuelBand for 30 days
  • 50 Days: Use the FuelBand for 50 days
  • 100 Days: Use the FuelBand for 100 days
  • 200 Days: Use the FuelBand for 200 days
  • 500 Days: Use the FuelBand for 500 days
  • Water: Exceed a FuelBand goal by 50%
  • Ice: Exceed a FuelBand goal by 100%
  • Fire: Exceed a FuelBand goal by 150%
  • Rainbow: Exceed a FuelBand goal by 200%
  • Supernova: Exceed a FuelBand goal by 300%
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:
  • Contender: 30 Minutes
  • Drill Seeker: 60 Minutes
  • Destroyer: 120 MinutesIMG_1513-200x300
  • Rebel: 180 Minutes
  • Bar Raiser: 240 Minutes
  • Cyclone: 300 Minutes
  • Bench Marker:360 Minutes
  • Warrior: 420 Minutes
  • Power Player: 420 Minutes
  • Champion: 660 Minutes
  • Icon: 780 Minutes
  • Believer: 1000 Minutes
  • Easy Rider: 1125 Minutes
  • Spitfire: 1250 Minutes
  • TNT: 1375 Minutes
  • All-Star: 1550 Minutes
  • Trail blazer: 1625 Minutes
  • Renegade: 1750 Minutes
  • Reformer: 1875 Minutes
  • Guru: 2000 Minutes
  • Rep Star: 2125 Minutes
  • Gazelle: 2250 Minutes
  • Rule Breaker: 2375 Minutes
  • Ace: 2500 Minutes
  • Prize Fighter: 2625 Minutes
  • Radical: 2750 Minutes
  • Showstopper: 2875 Minutes
  • Black Belt: 3000 Minutes
  • Maverick: 3125 Minutes
  • Dynamo: 3250 Minutes
  • Cobra: 3375 Minutes
  • Hero: 3500 Minutes
  • Idol: 3650 Minutes
  • Risk Taker: 3750 Minutes
  • Smooth Operator: 3875 Minutes
  • Young Gun: 4000 Minutes
  • Titan: 4125 Minutes
  • Hot Shot: 4250 Minutes
  • Knockout: 4375 Minutes
  • Title Holder: 4500 Minutes
  • Major Player: 4625 Minutes
  • Top Dog: 4750 Minutes
  • Master: 4875 Minutes
  • Fox: 5000 Minutes
  • Chosen One: 5125 Minutes
  • Conqueror: 5250 Minutes
  • High Roller: 5375 Minutes
  • VIP: 5500 Minutes
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!).