Social Logging Your Workouts
Thanks to technology advancement, we have become better equipped, fitted and connected in sports. You probably seen weight lifters at the gym with their notepad logging in their workouts, but as an avid runner it’s tough to keep organized and track all your progress. Thanks to the advent of smart phones and social media, web 2.0 communities like DailyMile.com, RunKeeper.com, and Strands.com, have made it easier to not only log your performance and training but also communicate and engage with fellow athletes and fitness nuts.
Founded by Ben Weiner and Kelly Korbec, DailyMile.com is a social training log for runners, triathletes, and cyclists. Active athletes who share a passion for logging in daily miles, DailyMile.com lets you log workouts, add personal notes, upload media and simultaneously syncs it to your favorite social networks, Facebook and Twitter. Engage with hundreds of other athletes by participating in challenges, events, and forums. Send badges to your friends to congratulate or motivate them on their training.
RunKeeper’s clever name tracks, measures, and improves your fitness. Manage your workouts in a fun, social, and easy to understand community to improve the quality of your fitness and achieve your goals. RunKeeper’s cool feature is their interactive blog, which offers how-tos and members are able to
share techniques and training tips through streaming video. Cyclist, Lance Armstrong uses Runkeeper daily.
Strands.com is the ultimate digital training log for active people. Strands offer the most comprehensive training log on the web for exercise, weight, and nutrition. Customize your profile in either a simple or a specific layout. Add your routes, report the weather, and upload your choice images and gear on your workouts. Not Strands.com is open for runners, cyclists and swimmers, but also invites walkers, hikers, skiers, and the fitness crazed.
Is one better than the other?
Each site has their distinct mission, however all these web 2.0 communities serve the primary purpose of socially logging your performance and training. You cannot go wrong with signing up with one or the other. If you want to feel even more connected, sign up for all three. Sign up easily through Facebook Connect, to cut down the registration process, and synchronize your progress with training devices like Garmin, iPhone, Nike+ and more. Receive weekly training progress to your Email and compare how you did from one week to the other. Sayonara notepad, we have upgraded to social logging web 2.0 communities. I look forward to connecting with you and sending you motivation on your next workout!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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