I was reading your blog today and wonder if I could get your opinion on a diet/fitness app I am working on?
For me, I think the main problem with being fit and eating healthy is motivation. It's an abstract, overwhelming goal. I think the best way to counter this is to turn it into winnable games and small victories.
So... my app makes living healthy, and fitness into a RPG game, where users earn points, "level up', and earn badges as they accomplish their health goals. Everytime they add something healthy like veggies to their diet, they earn points. Everytime they complete a workout, they earn points. As they achieve more and more, they'll level up and unlock badges, and discounts/coupons to rewards like spas, health foods, maybe even sweet and semi-healthy things like raw chocolate.
Of course, to appeal to people's need for achievements/progress, I'm also adding charts, and graphs to show their progress... I think people love that sorta stuff. The whole idea is to shift people's attitude towards healthy living as fun, achievement, and winnable. We're missing that sense of "win" in fitness. That feeling we get when we finish checking things off a list, or cleaning up a room.
What's your opinion on this idea? Would you want to know when I'm done with it? If this sounds too silly, or absurd, just ignore what I just said, hehe =)
As you've read my blog, you'll no doubt understand how important diet/fitness is to me. I simply cannot get by without a daily dose of diet/fitness. Naturally, a diet/fitness app would suit me like water wings on a bumblebee, but I have a few questions about it?1) Would the app be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays? I tend to perform most of my diet/fitness on these days.2) Would the app be free, or would you keep it caged up? I only download free range apps.3) Do you need a smartphone to download the diet/fitness app?4) When you level up in this diet/fitness app, do you learn fireball spells? This is crucially important.Thanks for informing me about this and rekindling my love affair with diet/fitness.ThanksAddman
But no fireball spells unfortunately =(I'll let you know when the site/app is done, so you can check it out. It won't be until later this year when I'm done with it. Creating an app and a website is very challenging, but creating something new that will help others is very exciting! ^_^Best,Christine
This is all very exciting! A diet/fitness site/app available 24/7 would be a dream come true!
I understand how challenging it is to make a website. I once created a website about my brother, it was called "FUCK YOU CONRAD!". I knocked it up very quickly after he smashed my batman glass by accident/on purpose, and it all ended very badly when the police made me take it down. I'm not allowed to see him anymore. Anyway, if you need help on designing your website, I can give you a few pointers if you like.
I'm sad to see the lack of fireball spells, but I think you could redeem this by putting in a +1 Mace Of Corruption, or a Magic Missile.
Well, six months of hard app programming later, and Christine has finally finished her life changing diet/fitness/level up/rpg/omg/wtf/asl app. This is excellent news! She emailed me, asking if I could advertise her wares again. I was all too happy to oblige:
It's been a long time since I told you about the diet/fitness "level-up" website I worked on with some friends... I don't remember if I told you.. but our website + app got released last month. If you want to check it out, it's at [URL Removed].
Hope you can share it in your blog if you find it interesting. :)
Enjoy your Friday!
You're right Christine, it's been far too long! I feel like I'm getting in touch with an old friend that I haven't seen since school. It's like Friends Reunited, only my friend is encouraging me to hit the gym and eat veg. That friend probably drives a Nissan Leaf too. Pah!
Hey Christine, long time no speak! How's the family? My family is alright, apart from a recent event in which my cat found it's way into a neighbour's bag, and he threw it in the pond. My neighbour says that he didn't know the cat was in there, and that I have to pay compensation as the cat caused significant claw damage to the bag, which is an irreplaceable, one of a kind burlap sack. I hope I can count on your support during this tragic time.
I surely will share your diet coke fitness/level up app on my Blog. I'm sure everyone will love it. As I always say to my 130 followers (yes, my Blog has grown lately) on a daily basis "hey guys, you really need to work on your diet/fitness." Some of my followers are very lazy. There's this one guy who is very nice, but he once commented saying that he ate a whole Tesco cheesecake in one sitting. I hope your app would give him an electric shock for being so greedy and un-diety/fitnessey.
Is there anything you'd like me to tell my members specifically? Something that might encourage them to try your app?
I have a confession at this point. It was me who ate the cheesecake. I'm sorry, but if she asks, I'm going to pin the blame on Flip.
Unfortunately, she never responded. So I'm disappointed to tell you that I can tell you nothing else about this diet/fitness app. I could tell you where to download it from, but I'm not a particularly nice person really. Toodle pip!