Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Use Foursquare to Get Your Butt in Shape

I recently got some friends to join me on Foursquare and I'm not gonna lie - things are getting pretty cut throat. If you're unfamiliar with Foursquare, it's basically a location-based social network in which users claim their turf by checking in at venues to earn badges and mayorships. It's a lot of fun, but I have an issue with getting my friends to join - no it has nothing to do with with privacy - it's that we tend to frequent the same spots, so I find myself defending my hard-earned mayorships (eight and counting). But then it dawned on me. I could actually use the competition to my advantage - at the gym.

I'm going to be totally honest. I hate going to the gym. I'll look for any reason not to work out - but right now I'm the mayor of American Physique and I know my best friend is out to steal my title.  Just knowing she's there, checking in with that smug look on her face is enough to get me off my lazy butt and onto the elliptical. Call me a geek all you like. Spring is just around the corner. It's time to shed that winter weight and transform into a fit geek.

So there you have it. Invite your gym buddies to join Foursquare and you've got a way to hold yourself accountable. 

Has social media affected your fitness routine at all? Let's hear about it in the comments!


Anonymous said...


Don't forget to check out Whrrl 3.0. It's going to give foursquare a run for its badges. There's different societies and levels based upon participation...and you get points on Whrrl when people take you up on your suggestions. It's like foursquare 2.0.

Also, SXSW has an interview with Mr. Cashmore himself about the future of geo-tagging, location-based apps.

See you on the virtual treadmill.

Joe Moran said...

Hey Chadder,

Thanks for the tip on Whrrl. I'll have to check it out on my iPod Touch - I use a Motorola Droid there is no Android Whrrl app yet (they'd better get on that!).

I saw the Cashmore interview and I love where location-based services are going. Oh and Cashmore is uber hot so I could watch him talk about anything, lol.