Great Web Tools for Health, Exercise & Activity

In the last few months I have been playing around with a heap of groovy websites that help to visualise, mashup and track health and exercise. The following sites seek to integrate flawlessly with different social media tools to help inspire health behaviour change through a variety of means.

Earndit

This exciting service allows you to earn real prizes and incentives for the exercise and activity that you complete. Simply connect your runkeeper, foursquare, Nike+, Garmin and other services to earn your points. Once you have accrued the required number of points you can redeem your reward from an extensive and ever growing list. The thing I like about this service is the possibility for health behaviour change as a result of extrinsic rewards, which hopefully translate into long term intrinsic rewards as improved health becomes the motivator.

First One There Wins

A cool service that integrates with Runkeeper and Nike+ and allows you setup a race and invite others to race you. You start by giving your race a name, choosing your start and finish points via a Google Map and then inviting others via a unique URL. The race then begins with users logging into runkeeper and completing the virtual race. The web service then tracks all runs that the competitors complete and the first person to complete the designated total is considered the “first one there” and the winner. How about challenging a friend on the other side of the world to a virtual race between two famous landmarks. You will then be able to run in your own town, then login and see exactly where you are in the race on the Google Map. Way Cool. Join me in a race across the Great Ocean Road in Australia

One Health Score

A simple service that turns your recored physical activity (via Runkeeper) into an overall health score. A score over 60 indicates that you are meeting the minimum requirements for general health and wellbeing.  It also shows you how your score has changed over time (see below)

FitBolt

FitBolt is perfect for office workers and students who spend considerable amounts of time sitting at a desk. Simply sign up for an account and the website goes to work to keep you moving at designated intervals prompting you to complete stretches, exercises and even offering nutritional general wellness tips. The best thing I like about this tool is the ability to add it as a browser extension, or desktop app meaning you can get on with working and be automatically alerted when its time to move. Below is an example of the alert system installed into a chrome browser showing me how long until I will be presented with a activity

FIT2app

A simple yet powerful tool that allows you in 3 clicks to upload your run data from your Garmin GPS watch direct to your Runkeeper account. Use this data in a senior PE class to easily visualise physical activity and prompt discussion of concepts like energy systems, acute responses, training and much more.

Run Calendar

A great way to visualise all training and activity that is completed via the Runkeeper system. Connect it to your account and then analyse your training history to see if you are meeting the correct training principles and giving yourself enough rest days.

8 thoughts on “Great Web Tools for Health, Exercise & Activity”

  1. The link to The Great Ocean Road in Australia on FirstOneThereWins.com is broken! It reads “https://thepegeek.com/firstonetherewins.com/joinrace/sjtbjfsj” but should be “http://firstonetherewins.com/joinrace/sjtbjfsj”.

  2. Hello Mr. Robbo, I have been looking at your site for a while now, I subscribed to it a month or so ago. I am aspiring to be a PE teacher more like an American Football coach. Anyway, I have been enthralled with all of the work and research that you do. It’s absolutely amazing. My goal for this summer while I’m out of school is to read each and every blog post you have written from as far back as September 2008. I am doing that for my personal interest and curiosity.
    But I am in a class I am sure you are familiar with, EDM310 and the University of South Alabama. I have to leave a comment on your blog and let you know that I’ve been assigned to read several of your posts over the next few weeks and summarize them and post them in a blog post that I create. I’d like you to visit my blog sometime http://snydertravisedm310.blogspot.com/
    I hope you’re having a great day!

  3. Mckinley Kennedy

    Hi my name is Mckinley Kennedy. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 Class at The University of South Alabama. I am so glad I got the opportunity to comment on your blog page. I am majoring in Physical Education and was confused when I realized I had to take this class.I didn’t think that P.E teachers had to know how to blog or even need to set up a blog. But I have realized now that it would be a really great thing for me as a Physical Education teacher to keep a blog up and running. I have really enjoyed getting to look through your post and see all the interesting ideas you have gotten to find. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Mckinley.

  4. I came across the “Cardio Trainer” app for Android the other day. I like its GPS tracking of your walking/running routes, suggested calorie burn and that you can share the data with Facebook & Twitter.

  5. Exercise is of course very vital when it comes to total health. I always make sure that i consistently get a good exercise each day because i want to avoid illnesses which can compromise my longevity. *.`*.

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