Gamification and technology has modernized most aspects of our lives, and thanks to smartphones – the world is in our pockets. From the important to the mundane, we have constant access to information and entertainment (the doctors office waiting room will never be the same) so Gamification comes to light. We demand the latest and greatest, and expect to be engaged at every opportunity – so why would our fitness regime be any different? The concept of gamification is simple: you take a normal task and, well, turn it into a game – through goals, competition, distraction. Many people take advantage of gamification on their own by setting short term or long term goals, and put into place a reward system that motivates stronger results.
While certainly effective, there are many smartphone apps that will help you along the way. One of the most popular fitness gamification apps is Fitocracy (Fitocracy, Inc., Free) – a community based app that gives points based on your daily fitness. The more points you collect, the higher your level goes – and trust me, if you are competitive you will push for every single point. One highlight of Fitocracy is you can log every activity – from your most intense gym routine to choosing to take the stairs instead of the escalator.
If distractions help you push harder, check out Zombies, Run! (Six to Start, $3.99). A running/walking app, Zombies, Run! utilizes the accelerometer found in your smartphone to track your speed and distance. A story-based narrative plays through your earbuds and sprinkles in music from your playlists, but there’s a catch… you are being chased by zombies. As a survivor of the apocalypse, you habitually need to push harder and run faster in order to survive. There is an incredible amount of benefit from using gamification to help your workouts. Whether you use these apps to track your progress, beat your friends, or survive the apocalypse – you will see some awesome progress towards your goals.