January 9, 2012
Do you ever find your workouts to be stale, non-rewarding, boring, ho-hum, or anything else that is less than exciting?
I may have a solution for you…
…ever hear of “gamification”?
Basically, gamification involves giving game-like incentives to yourself (or someone else) to accomplish something – like using your phone to “check-in” to locations and get points when you shop there, getting a discount from a tax software company when you successfully complete your taxes, or maxing out the progress bar when you complete your profile on a social media platform (like LinkedIn).
Here’s 15 more examples of gamification for those of you who want to read up more on this technique.
And now, gamification has made it’s way into fitness. In this short audio interview, I talk to Benjamin Young, inventor of Nexercise – a fun, free fitness app for busy people – about how he’s made gamification a reality for exercise.
Benjamin originally conceived the idea of Nexercise from his personal frustrations of trying to maintain his weight and squeeze in workouts while simultaneously working, going to school, and raising two children.
In the interview, you’ll learn exactly how Nexercise works, but the basic idea is:
1) You download it.
2) You exercise (and make sure the app is on and you have your phone while you’re exercising).
3) You get medals, bonus points, and rewards for exercising.
The app is free. I’ve tried it a few times, and as long as you’re used to having your phone on you (or nearby) when you’re working out, it’s a great way to:
1) make your workouts more exciting and…
2) get free stuff.
If you’ve tried Nexercise, then share your thoughts in the comments section below…and if you like the idea of fitness (or nutrition) apps, then be sure to check out this post: “Top Rated iPod and iPhone Fitness & Nutrition Apps – What Do YOU Think?”