Whether we like it or not, our society has always been based on a reward system. Even as we age this way of thinking still remains intact. If you do well at work, then you are promoted. However, the fitness and weight loss world has been somewhat lacking in the “reward” department. Sure, you get the joy of losing weight and a huge sense of accomplishment, but what about daily rewards? This new, free app may just be the way to motivate you on a daily basis.
Welcome the Next Generation of Exercise—that’s Nexercise for short. This recently released iPhone app puts a new spin on the mobile-fitness-tracking trend by not only logging your exercise, but rewarding you for working out with healthy food, apparel, and sports equipment.
The app, which the Silver Spring-based developers Benjamin Young and Gregory Coleman consider more of a game than fitness tool, operates under a philosophy that a quarter of an hour a day can be life-changing. Here’s how it works: You launch the app, select your activity, and keep the device in your pocket or strapped to your arm while you “nexercise.” The free software will track your movement using iPhone’s built-in sensors, the same “amazing technology,” as Young puts it, that’s currently being used in space.
And when they say any physical activity, they mean it. Want to simply practice a few yoga poses? Polish your golf swing? Hop on some rollerblades? Go for it. Once you complete 15 minutes, a points value or one of various medals (such as the Early Bird medal for morning exercisers; the Diversity medal for mixing up your workouts) will appear on your screen, qualifying you for a Groupon-like deal to healthy eateries, fitness centers, and sports vendors. Washingtonians may find discounts for Element energy bars, memberships to Balance Gym, and treatments at Awaken to You acupuncture (source).
Rewarding yourself on a daily basis for things “well done” is important to maintain a healthy state of mind. The Next Generation of Exercise will be based on more psychology in the future. It’s just a matter of time! Get ahead of the game with this app.