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Getting carried a-weigh with competition

7 Feb

Just like everyone else struggling to be fit, some weeks are better than others for me.

Some weeks I am an absolute machine where 5 days a week I’m training at lunch and post work, while throwing in an extra workout or two on the weekends….other weeks, I feel like an amorphous blob glub-glubbing my way from kitchen to couch and back again. Even on my bad weeks though, I still manage to motivate myself to train at least 3-4 times a week.

Recently, I have been doing a great job of fitting exercise in to my life at least 5 times a week…and 3 or 4 of those days I’m training twice a day – once in the afternoon on my lunch break and once post work.

However, I’ve noticed that the more consistent I get with my training, the harder I am on myself when I miss a day (or heaven forbid only go once!!). Lately, I’ve been trying to ease up a bit when I’m sore in order to avoid injury. Although, I know when you ease up a bit you begin to flirt with the temptation of a day off here and there. These days off can easily turn into weeks if you let them.

Well, I’ve finally found the solution to this (potential) hiccup! It’s a great exercise tracking app that plays on your competitive nature! This can be especially useful if, like me, you have a group of workout fiend friends.

The app is called nexercise and it turns working out into a contest instead of a lesson in calorie math. It’s super simple too – just add your exercise into the app (or even try tracking your movement with your smart phone) and soon you’ll be accumulating points like it’s nobody’s business! My favorite part is the updates I get when my friends train. After all, who wouldn’t be motivated when receiving a message that “Leigh just did 1 hour of weightlifting…quick! You’re falling behind!”

Give it a shot folks and let me know what you think! I’d also love to hear your motivation tips and tricks…you can never have too many 🙂