Motivation. Connection. Action.

In my last article I talked about the dangers of the work habits we develop over time in our industry. They lead to a sedentary lifestyle. That isn’t good for you, doctor for me, no rx or for our industry.

So what can we do to get fitter, this site not fatter? Turn to the tools and services that help us connect.

Flickr. Twitter. Facebook. Gowalla. Foursquare. We tend to use the tools that our friends use. Why? Because our friends are there. We get community, belonging, and connection.

These sites and services are designed to be social, and we flock to them like candy. I’m sure that is at least partly because so many of us work remotely, or we’ve connected with folks that are all over the world, and these services help bring us closer together to other people when we mostly spend time getting closer with our computers.

One of the best communities going for fitness is dailymile — a social training log. It allows you to track your workouts, progress, races you might be involved in, and pretty much anything else you’d like to track.

dailymile has feeds, Twitter and Facebook integration, and a great sense of community, if — and this is a big if — your friends are there too. I have a few connections on dailymile, but I don’t really know many of them, nor have I met them in real life. In fact, that’s part of the reason I haven’t used dailymile in a while — very few of my friends are there.

That can change, though.

Connect with me on dailymile or join the Webstyle Magazine group. Be my friend. We can all work together. If you need motivation, we’ll be there. If you have questions, ask. Log your workouts, see the miles add up, and connect with more friends. We’ll put together some challenges for everyone, not just for those of you that are already on the path of fitness.

I’m serious about this. Are you?

2 thoughts on “Motivation. Connection. Action.

  1. Great idea Derek.

    Does dailymile talk metric, for those of us who think in kilometres? Could be a good service for a few of us at work who train regularly.

  2. @Matty — it definitely speaks metric or I’d have a tough time using it :)

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