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The Angry Birds Workout Plan – Day 3

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Third day of the workout. Can feel the levels are getting harder. Still stuck on the planks, but it will take me many days to complete this level. Had to give up on the Push-Ups, since just doing 20 was really hard. So ended up doing incline push ups for the last 20. Will keep on the incline push ups for now til level 5 and then start doing the real push-ups, I might be able to do them then.

Levels completed today:

Squats

Level 4 *** Level Complete

(Incline)Push Ups

Level 3 *** Level Complete

Back Exercises (One-Arm Dumbbell Row)

Level 3 (30x5kg) *** Level Complete

Planks

Level 2 * Level Failed

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The Angry Birds Workout Plan – Day 2

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Started my second day of The Angry Birds Workout. Went really well, nearly completed all levels. Got 10 stars today. Have some problems with the back exercises, since I do not have a pull-up bar, but have borrowed some dumbbells, so are doing One-Arm Dumbbell Rows instead, increasing the weight every level. Level 2 was 3 kg.

Levels completed today:

Squats

Level 3 *** Level Complete

Push Ups

Level 2 *** Level Complete

Back Exercises (One-Arm Dumbbell Row)

Level 2 (30x3kg) *** Level Complete

Planks

Level 2 * Level Failed

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The Angry Birds Workout Plan – Day 1

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Found this great workout on Nerdfitness. Found it fun that I could do a workout with levels. For more detail about what The Angry Birds Workout is about then read here.

Levels completed today:

Squats

Level 1 *** Level Complete

Level 2 *** Level Complete

Push Ups

Level 1 *** Level Complete

Back Exercises

Level 1 *** Level Complete

Planks

Level 1 *** Level Complete

The first levels was not enough of a workout, so added a second level of squats and a bit more to the workout, But the planks where hard and not sure if I am going to complete level 2 in the next few day.

Just a short blog post for today, but will keep updating on my Angry Birds Workout everyday for a while

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What’s life like for me at Level 50? – Nerdfitness: Fitness Gamification Blog

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While I was doing some research on what gamification tool that was out there, I fell over this blog called nerdfitness. After reading a few post a was sold. The first post i read was about how to gamify your everyday routines. Where there are many great idea to spruce up your everyday life.

The thing that really caught my eye, was the two posts about making your life into an RPG. How to Level Up in the Game of Life and Real-Life Role Playing: What is Your Profession?.

The reason these caught my eye, is that most of my life I been an avid role-player, playing mostly fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons. Therefore it is not the first time I thought about what my race and class might be.

My Race

This one is very easy for me, but se if you can guess it from my description of myself. I am very short 166 cm (about 5 feet 6 inches) and I am overweight. I have a big bushy beard and long hair. I tend to spend a lot of my time in my “cave”, in front of my computer… You guessed right. I am a Dwarf

Race: Dwarf

My Class

Choosing my class is slightly more difficult. I have always identified myself as a wizard, my intelligent is my strongest feature and i like being creative and creating stuff, which i do a lot in my education as a web designer. But as the blog post suggest, your class is what you want to become, but also as it is a fitness blog, it focus is on a class based on your fitness goals, but in my case I am choosing mine base on my life goals, and I like being a wizard, a lot of my life goals, like becoming a better web developer and making magic in the kitchen, fit well with the class of wizard, but also have some goal that the wizard class does not cover. Mainly my goal of losing som weight, but also my future dream of parachuting, getting both a hunting and diving licence and learning at least one type of martial arts. This sound more like a ranger class.

So the class have to take on to achieve my goal are a wizard/ranger mixture, a sort of Arcane Ranger.

Class: Arcane Ranger

My level 50

All my character (I) need now, is a goal, a level 50 as the Nerdfitness post suggest. I am a bit unsure on my level 50, but i know I want to lose at least 30 kg (about 66 lbs, for you people who still have not seen the brilliance in the metric system). I do not really want to have a six-pack or get really ripped or anything like that, just get down to a normal weight for at guy of my height. Also I want to be traveling more, experiencing the world. I want to drive, I want to parachute and bungee jump and I want to learn martial arts, where kendo is what I have my eye on at the moment. I also want to hunt. Not just normal hunting, but hunting with a bow and arrow. Once again I show the RPG nerd. Generally I want to do and try more stuff, but I am not all sure on all of it exactly. One thing that is also important to me is that I have a job I love, but who does not want that. Also when I am at level 50, I do not have to worry about money. I do not need to be rich,just have enough money that I do not have to worry about my economy. There might be more, but can think of more at this moment

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Gamification Tools Review: HabitRPG & Fitocracy

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You might have heard about both of these gamification sites before. If not, you are missing out.

HabitRPG

This is a habit tracker, that involves the user by treating their goal as an Role Playing Game. You gain levels and coins as you complete tasks and lose hit points when you neglect them. You can buy weapons and armor or other rewards of your choice.

The site is still quite new and is still in its beta, so there are still a lot of bugs that have to be fixed. The site have a lot of potential, with the new party system and the promise of character classes and quests

Personally since I am a big nerd, who loves roleplaying- and retro games, I am really sold om the sites graphics and the core concept of using RPG mechanics to improve habits. So far the site have been a great help for me. I have started reading again, cut down on unhealthy food and gotten a lot of tasks done that I have been delaying for a long time.

One of the downsides of the site, is that there are no social media interaction, you don’t have access to any of the other users profiles. The only way to interact with other users are through the party system, which i haven’t tried out yet.

I would recommend this site if you have some bad habit you need to get rid of or something you want to do more often, but keep finding excuses not to do.

Sign up here to try it out

Will write a follow-up review later when the site is no longer in beta.

Fitocracy

Fitocracy is a website where you can make you fitness and exorcising into a game. On the site you gain points for doing different exercises, and you gain more points the more difficult the workout is. The site also have quest and achievements, that can motivate you to do workouts that you might never have done otherwise or even heard of.

The website can seem a bit intimidating at first, especially if you are an overweight nerd as I am. Most users you see at first are overtrained guys and girls who look like that look like they do nothing but train, but do not let this discourage you from trying out this great tool.

I have had a user for a few weeks now, but I first started really using the site yesterday, but so far I think the site is great. I have never really been great at training and don’t know much about how best to do it, but the long list of different exercises and the quests the website provides have helped me to start exercising.

The site contains a lot of classic social media mechanics. You can post comments om you and others profiles, follow other user or have other users follow you. You can also join groups, that talk about specific training techniques and there are lots of great group that can help beginners to get of their couch and start exercising.

The downsides of the page are that most of the achievements and quests are quite hard to complete for a newbie like me. There are a few quests and achievements that can be completed by new users, but when they are done, most of the rest are either really hard to complete or require equipment that most people do not have access to, but joining a gym would solve some of these problems.

So far I really like the site and hope that I will keep to it. If you want to lose weight and like me are a bit lazy and need some motivation, then Fitocracy is a great site.

Join the site here and start getting fit.

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Why am I gamifying my life?

What is gamification?

Gamification Definition

It is when you make menial tasks or everyday routines into a game. This can be done in many ways, from giving students achievements for doing their homework to giving experience for everyday housework, like doing the dishes and washing clothes. There is severel gamification tool online, like mobile applications and social media sites.

Why am I doing this?

My reasons for doing this are numerous. Basically it is to improve myself by getting rid of bad habits, create good habits and so on. First of all, I am very overweight, need to eat healthier and get more exercise. On top of that I have a lot of bad habits, with things I should do less and stuff that I need to do more.

Why a blog?

This blog is mainly a motivational tool, a place for me to reflect on and record my progress. Also I am using it to review and recommend gamification tool, such as mobile application and websites that you can use to gamify your own life.