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Recently, I have been looking for some way to combine my recent urge to work out with my love for new and exciting websites. Although they are not the first sites to attempt to bring a Web 2.0 twist to fitness, these are just some useful services and methods created that may help users looking to get in shape and keep healthy. For the Web 2.0 geek, what better way is there than to incorporate some of these and use them in a daily routine?
Gimme20 is a fitness tracking website that allows users to find new workout routines, make their own workout routines and track their workouts. Gimmeo20 has features that feel like a mix of a blog and twitter, allowing users to post about their workouts for others to see.
Traineo gives users a simple interface to track their workouts, diet and weight. Traineo is much more dedicated to crunching the numbers behind your workout and displaying them and comparing them to other users’ workouts.
PEERtrainer is a free service which offers users daily logs, workouts and goals. Also available are groups or ‘peers’ to keep you active and a calorie counter. Each user can also have his or her own blog and participate in community discussions. If there’s one thing strong with PEERtrainer, it has to be their ‘Success Stories‘ section.
SugarStats is a simple way to track, access and mintor blood glucose levels. A neat way to get rid of that pen-and-paper style of recording info, it also gives you some neat stats and allows you to even share them with your family or doctor.
The whole (fat) blogosphere has been going crazy about this recently, that is, the concept of fatblogging. It’s free, doesn’t require too much of your time (if entering a number in the title every day counts!), and best of all, you have a whole community behind you.
If you’re going to use these sites and methods, one thing you have to make sure is not to let these sites over-power you — remember that there’s a whole world out there and these are just ways to help you and offer you encouragement. Most of these have strong communities and if you can find one that fits you and your routine, all you have to do is use it and keep using it everyday until you find yourself a few pounds lighter!