Top 5 Tools to Make Running a Habit

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  • 1. Facebook  app  that  encourages  users  to  create  a  daily  habit  by  performing  the   habit  for  14  consecutive  days.    Emails  notifications  are  optional.   Top  3  Reasons:   1.  Daily  email  reminders  trigger  you  to  perform  the  habit  each  day.   2.  Facebook  integration  allows  you  to  notify  your  friends  when  you  decide  to  start   a  habit  and  when  you’ve  successfully  performed  the  habit  for  14  days.   3.  Active  Facebook  users  will  trigger  themselves  each  time  they  log  into  Facebook   and  view  the  application.    
  • 2. iPhone  app  that  uses  GPS  technology  to  record  the  duration,  distance,  speed,  etc  of   your  run.    This  app  also  allows  you  to  share  your  completed  runs  with  friends  via  Twitter.   Top  3  Reasons:   1.  Tweeting  your  runs  to   friends  allows  you  to  show   off  your  running  skills.   2.  Keeping  logs  of  all  your   runs  shows  how  much   you’ve  accomplished  and   motivates  you  to  keep   running  to  beat  your   previous  best  time.   3.  Simple  interface  is  easy  to   use  and  won’t  get  in  the   way  of  tracking  and   performing  your  goals.  
  • 3. iPhone  application  that  helps  users  to  get  in  shape  to  5k  after  9  weeks.  This  app  also   features  customizable  music  playlists  and  Facebook  and  Twitter  integration.     Top  3  Reasons:   1.  C25K  helps  you  start  small  and   accomplish  realistic  running   goals  in  the  beginning  before  it   builds  you  up  to  run  5K  after  9   weeks.   2.  Helps  you  set  a  schedule  and   encourages  you  to  run  at  least  3   times  a  week.   3.  Facebook  and  Twitter   integration  lets  you  share  with   your  friends  your  progress.  
  • 4. Website  that  lets  you  indicate  what  activity  you  want  to  perform  on  a  certain  day   and  helps  you  find  people  who  want  to  do  the  same  activity  at  that  time.   Top  3  Reasons:   1.  Once  an  ActivityMatch  is   created,  you  are  less  likely  to   back  out  since  you  are   responsible  to  someone  else.   2.  Triggered  to  perform  activity   when  another  user  contacts  you   to  get  together.   3.  Added  benefit  of  finding  new   people  with  similar  interests  in   your  area.  
  • 5. Video  game  that  encourages  users  to  get  in  shape  through  various  exercises.   Top  3  Reasons:   1.  Video  game  aspect  turns  mundane  exercises  into  fun  pastimes.   2.  Several  different  playable  exercises  change  up  the  rhythm  of   your  workout   3.  Some  exercises  need  to  be  unlocked  before  they  can  be   performed.    This  gets  the  user  to  exercise  more  to  unlock  these   “levels.”  
  • 6. Triggers   Motivation   Social   Baby   Running   Pressure   Steps   Habit   habits.stanford.edu