social media for the socially awkward
And good grief, why are you putting that out on Facebook?!?
Until I witnessed a few Facebook pals doing this, the notion of publicly posting ones bodily girth on the interwebs struck me as utterly ludicrous. In fact, now that I think about it more, it still does. Who in their right mind would do such a thing?
However, being curious (and having occasional lapses in judgement), I decided to investigate the world of fitness via social media. My app of choice? Fitocracy. Certainly not the only platform out there, but one that a few friends were already on, so, like a lemming, I followed suit.
And it can’t all be bad, right? I mean if quests, achievements, and props from complete strangers can incentivize games and apps, maybe it could boost my ever-waning enthusiasm for fitness? Maybe.
First of all, much to the overwhelming gratitude of my Facebook friends, I did not link the app to my Facebook account. So my weight, as well as the weight of my weights, is only available to those I follow or who follow me within the world of Fitocracy. Tragically my Facebook friends will just have to make do with status updates about my one-eyed dog, crazy kids, shameless self-promotion of my blog, or my love affair with bacon.
Secondly, I still haven’t figured out all the nuances of this overly complex site. It takes a certain level of commitment to sit down and read through all the tutorials or enter in all your regular exercises to create a “routine” that you can just select for future workouts.
I have also found that all the random people giving you “props” every time you post a 10-minute dog walk is a little disingenuous. I know they are just trying to help you “level up”, but sheesh.
However I do think there are advantages. I know this will come as a bit of a shock but, I tend to be a little OCD about in-game achievements. If there are 45 different “awards” in a game, you can be damn sure I’m going to play that stupid game until I earn them all. So if I know I have to lift .36% of my body weight with a standing dumbbell shoulder press to earn the Atlas badge, I’m all over it.
They also have “quests” in the app that push you to the next level. For example, the Gullible Guppy when you swim 100 meters in a single workout or the Tour de Neighborhood where you, and I quote, cycle down the street and show Mrs. Johnson your calves of steel.
Anyway, now that I have navigated the initial set-up in Fitocracy and started earning achievements, I’m feeling a bit of pressure to keep it up. So maybe there is something to this public accountability thing after all? It’s also nice because I don’t always workout in the same gym, but I do always work out with my iPod. That means I can track my workouts wherever I am, which is nice for someone who never remembers her routine.
So I guess I’ll give it a go. But I’m still not linking it to Facebook. If you truly want to know how much I weigh, you’ll just have to join Fitocracy and friend me there. Maybe we can enter the “Getting Fit for the Zombe Apocalypse” group together. Remember, it’s not about being the fastest runner, just outrunning your friends!