For those of you who know me well, I am a foursquare machine. I check-in just about wherever I go. In fact, I’ll be the first to admit that I often volunteer to run to the store or restaurant to pick up things for others because it will allow me to gain an extra check-in or two. So, call me crazy! But, one thing is for sure; foursquare can help you get fit, so I recommend that you give it a try.
Here’s my reasoning…
The Gym Rat Badge!
Foursquare has something called badges, and these badges are available for users to earn. Often, it is exciting to gain a new badge, especially when they are not easy to earn. Foursquare offers a badge called the Gym Rat Badge, and it is given to a person when he or she checks in at one gym at least 10 times in any 30 day period. Of course, only one check-in per day will count, so that means that you have to get to the gym more often to earn this coveted fitness-focused badge. I have heard that they will be converting the gym rat badge into an expertise badge, wherein people who’ve already earned the badge can level up when they continue to check-in at different gyms. Also, from time to time, foursquare’s partners will offer a badge that is fitness-focused.
Mayorship Motivates You To Check-in At Gym
For the person who checks into a venue the most over a revolving 60 day period, he or she is declared the mayor of that venue. For more popular venues with many check-ins, this becomes quite a challenge… a competition between fellow foursquare users! If you check-in at the gym, there is that pride involved in your results. Of course, you have to put the time in, even on those days when you lack the motivation. With foursquare, I find that I can peel myself off of the couch much easier because I know that I am either aiming to regain the mayorship at my gym or sustain the title of mayorship. My goal is to be the mayor, but I can only honestly do that if I keep going to the gym.
So, what are you waiting for? Give foursquare a try, and use it to help motivate you to get your gym workouts in more frequently! Before long, you’ll be reaching your fitness goals!