I sit around at the computer....a lot. I have tried different things to get me to be more active. I just can't seem to get going. Let's be honest...I have four kids under the age of ten. I am lucky if I make it through the day without one of the kids starting a fire. Exercise, or anything that involves helping myself, usually gets left behind. (This WAS the year I was going to blog more....HA!) The gym is a 5 minute drive for me, but I have to change clothes, and then take a shower afterward. That all takes TIME. There was a brief moment that I defied the odds, and drove to the gym late at night. I exercised for 45 minutes, I was so proud of myself. On the ride back home, I saw the police lights behind me....I had a headlight out, and now I was the proud owner of a 200 dollar ticket. Can't a chubby guy catch a break?
Matchup.io is a site that has recently caught my attention. My good friend, Jake Duncan, got me started on it, and I have been using it ever since.
It is a simple idea. There are many affordable fitness trackers that people have been purchasing lately. The most popular being the Jawbone Up and all the different versions of the Fitbit. The problem is, if I don't buy the same product as my friends, I can't track my progress against them. I don't have many friends to begin with, so the chances of us coordinating our fitness purchases are slim to none. Matchup lets you connect your tracker at the website and then you can start a contest with anyone, regardless of the device you choose. I wish that the Nike FuelBand was included as an option, but Nike is very protective of their brand, and that can't happen.
To get started, go to Matchup.io and request an invite to the beta. You should get the invite within 24 hours and you are ready to begin. Sign in by selecting your fitness tracker, and the password you use for the website. It doesn't take very long and you are ready to go. You can join a competition that someone else has made open to the public, or create your own. That is what Jake did, and we started a fierce competition called #edtech folks. A battle royale of six educators that included:
- Jake Duncan
- Wendy Sanders
- Dorie Glynn
- Todd Nesloney
- Joey Kirkland
Matchup even added a new feature last week, that will allow you to have friends and see how they are doing, regardless if you are in a competition with them or not. I will include a few screenshots of the #edtech folks contest below. It has some good information to keep you motivated. There are three ways in which you can compete: a daily head to head match with someone, best daily performance, or total steps for the contest. I tip my hat to Kenya for winning the head to head competition. Although you can see from the screenshots that I "crushed" her in total steps.
The best part about this website is that it is FREE. So get on there, and give it a try. I would love to have some more friends!