Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH.
I read this article in the NY Times the other day and it got me thinking. Technology (and the requisite toys) is developing faster than I can type this entry and rather than dwell on how much more sedentary we are as a result of all this new fangled technology, I wonder if there is a way to use it to our advantage.
The article talks about uses of GPS technology specifically and I learned that almost all phones (except for the most basic ones) will be equipped with GPS technology by 2013. So this is something that will be accessible to almost everyone – not just those privileged enough to have a fancy shmancy Iphone. So, armed with this kind of “power” you can use applications, like RunKeeper or MotionX GPS, to measure and record routes you walk, run or ride. Then you can upload those routes to websites like MapMyRun, MapMyRide, and EveryTrail. You can then link these sites to your own Twitter and Facebook accounts too.
While I like the social networking aspect of these tools, it makes me wonder – does this actually motivate people to be active? If you are new to being active, would you use something like this? I have no answers… merely questions. So, tell me. Which techie tools do you use to be more active? What has worked for you? I would love to hear your experience.
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