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2015-11-05 08:29:28 AM  
I also ignore my calendar, organizer, text message app, email and likely the phone.

Did you know you can view porn on your phone?
 
2015-11-05 11:00:19 AM  
Those kinds of apps are the only thing I can see driving me to getting a smart phone.
 
2015-11-05 11:01:11 AM  
You mean the clothes racks? They work fine, and that one has space for shoes!
 
2015-11-05 11:02:17 AM  
I understand, my fitbit is collecting dust.
 
2015-11-05 11:03:58 AM  
I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.
 
2015-11-05 11:12:46 AM  
The treadmill and stationary bike get daily use as a clothes hanger.
 
2015-11-05 11:20:33 AM  
I wouldn't download one. If I can't hang clothes on it, what's the point?
 
2015-11-05 11:24:40 AM  
I ignore 90% of all the apps I've downloaded.
I have paid attention to my fitbit since I got it four months ago.
 
2015-11-05 11:35:13 AM  
to be fair, not every app download is an unprecedented milestone in my life
 
2015-11-05 12:14:09 PM  

optimistic_cynic: I understand, my fitbit is collecting dust.


My job provided me one through VirginPulse.  It's a pain in the ass to use - I'm supposed to clip that thing on me when I ride, run, or swim?  And then spend half an hour in the morning or evening downloading the data?  I got fark articles to read.
 
2015-11-05 12:17:36 PM  

moothemagiccow: to be fair, not every app download is an unprecedented milestone in my life


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2015-11-05 12:45:45 PM  
Anyone have any good fitness apps that have worked? Mine as well turn this thread into something useful right?
 
2015-11-05 01:03:14 PM  

Wettner: Anyone have any good fitness apps that have worked? Mine as well turn this thread into something useful right?


What are you looking for specifically? Personally I use the full version of Runmeter to track time/distance while running and biking. I used to have a yoga app for stretching that was really good. Can't remember what it was though
 
2015-11-05 01:40:52 PM  
The only "fitness app" that I have downloaded is Wii Fit U.

/I use it almost daily.
 
2015-11-05 01:41:17 PM  

Wettner: Anyone have any good fitness apps that have worked? Mine as well turn this thread into something useful right?


I use the free version of MapMyRun for walks and runs. I haven't had any problems with it.
 
2015-11-05 01:46:47 PM  
I've been using a spreadsheet for 5+ years to track my workouts. I don't really see the need to start using an app instead.  I'm not tethered to my phone to the degree that my wife and daughter are -- I'd rather use it less than more.
 
2015-11-05 01:55:25 PM  

gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.


Look for it on Craigslist. Odds are that someone already bought it, never used it, and is now looking to get rid of it. Capitalize on their misfortune!
 
2015-11-05 01:58:40 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: I've been using a spreadsheet for 5+ years to track my workouts. I don't really see the need to start using an app instead.  I'm not tethered to my phone to the degree that my wife and daughter are -- I'd rather use it less than more.


Pssst. Your spreadsheet is an app.
 
2015-11-05 02:04:38 PM  

Trocadero: Wave Of Anal Fury: I've been using a spreadsheet for 5+ years to track my workouts. I don't really see the need to start using an app instead.  I'm not tethered to my phone to the degree that my wife and daughter are -- I'd rather use it less than more.

Pssst. Your spreadsheet is an app.


Pssst.  You're being a pedant.  The article was talking about apps downloaded onto smartphones.
 
2015-11-05 02:06:30 PM  

Wettner: Anyone have any good fitness apps that have worked? Mine as well turn this thread into something useful right?


Personally I use The Desk for my phone during exercise and I find it works really well. I just put my phone on my desk, change into running clothes and go run for 4 or 5 miles in the local park. Then I come back, grab the phone and play a game or two of Hearthstone before hopping into the shower. The benefit is that I know I ran 4 or 5 miles and I don't have to ignore all those silly statistics that I would have gotten if I used another application of my smartphone.
 
2015-11-05 02:15:34 PM  

Wettner: Anyone have any good fitness apps that have worked? Mine as well turn this thread into something useful right?


I use LoseIt for calorie tracking, and the Nike running app for running.  I've heard a lot of people who just start out running say great things about Couch to 5K.
 
2015-11-05 02:48:36 PM  
Obvious tag playing computer games or something?
Not all apps are as useful as their description makes them sound.

walkerhound: optimistic_cynic: I understand, my fitbit is collecting dust.

My job provided me one through VirginPulse.  It's a pain in the ass to use - I'm supposed to clip that thing on me when I ride, run, or swim?  And then spend half an hour in the morning or evening downloading the data? I got fark articles to read.


If you have to download the data, then what you have isn't a fitbit. You clip on a fitbit when you get dressed and ignore it till you go to bed. It uploads all the data for you and plots it so you can look at it online at your leisure. The little cable that comes with it is for charging it. Mine does sleep analysis too, so I put mine in a wrist cuff at night and get data on how long and how well I slept. I'm wearing my fitbit and reading fark right now.
 
2015-11-05 03:01:48 PM  

gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.


I broke down and spent the mucho dinero on a really good treadmill (Precor). My rationale was twofold:

1) Cheaper units break down after just a few years, and you have to replace it. Over the course of ten years, you're actually spending much less to get the expensive one.

2) If I've already dropped thousands on the equipment, I won't find an excuse not to use it. I'm emotionally invested and obligated to use it, because I'm a cheapskate.

It's worked for me.
 
2015-11-05 03:26:14 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I broke down and spent the mucho dinero on a really good treadmill (Precor). My rationale was twofold:

1) Cheaper units break down after just a few years, and you have to replace it. Over the course of ten years, you're actually spending much less to get the expensive one.

2) If I've already dropped thousands on the equipment, I won't find an excuse not to use it. I'm emotionally invested and obligated to use it, because I'm a cheapskate.

It's worked for me.


Word.
Mine is a secondhand Pacemaster Pro Plus, from when they were still built in the US, and it cost me $400 from the lady who sold it on Craigslist. It's sturdy as hell and after dropping that much coin on it I feel guilty if it goes unused. Not the most feature-filled device, but I can supply my own fan and entertainment options. Only thing I really could ask for would be adjustable handrails, because they're a little too low for my comfort.
 
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2015-11-05 03:32:14 PM  
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2015-11-05 03:42:31 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I broke down and spent the mucho dinero on a really good treadmill (Precor). My rationale was twofold:

1) Cheaper units break down after just a few years, and you have to replace it. Over the course of ten years, you're actually spending much less to get the expensive one.

2) If I've already dropped thousands on the equipment, I won't find an excuse not to use it. I'm emotionally invested and obligated to use it, because I'm a cheapskate.

It's worked for me.


So you subscribe to Sam Vimes's Boots Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness?
 
2015-11-05 04:10:07 PM  

New Farkin User Name: Mr_Fabulous: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I broke down and spent the mucho dinero on a really good treadmill (Precor). My rationale was twofold:

1) Cheaper units break down after just a few years, and you have to replace it. Over the course of ten years, you're actually spending much less to get the expensive one.

2) If I've already dropped thousands on the equipment, I won't find an excuse not to use it. I'm emotionally invested and obligated to use it, because I'm a cheapskate.

It's worked for me.

So you subscribe to Sam Vimes's Boots Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness?


I did not know that I did. But apparently I do.
 
2015-11-05 04:17:07 PM  

New Farkin User Name: Mr_Fabulous: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I broke down and spent the mucho dinero on a really good treadmill (Precor). My rationale was twofold:

1) Cheaper units break down after just a few years, and you have to replace it. Over the course of ten years, you're actually spending much less to get the expensive one.

2) If I've already dropped thousands on the equipment, I won't find an excuse not to use it. I'm emotionally invested and obligated to use it, because I'm a cheapskate.

It's worked for me.

So you subscribe to Sam Vimes's Boots Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness?


I believe the proper term is "sunk-cost fallacy".  It's the cognitive bias that tells us that if we paid big bucks for something, then that something must be really important.
 
2015-11-05 04:31:39 PM  

NotARocketScientist: Obvious tag playing computer games or something?
Not all apps are as useful as their description makes them sound.

walkerhound: optimistic_cynic: I understand, my fitbit is collecting dust.

My job provided me one through VirginPulse.  It's a pain in the ass to use - I'm supposed to clip that thing on me when I ride, run, or swim?  And then spend half an hour in the morning or evening downloading the data? I got fark articles to read.

If you have to download the data, then what you have isn't a fitbit. You clip on a fitbit when you get dressed and ignore it till you go to bed. It uploads all the data for you and plots it so you can look at it online at your leisure. The little cable that comes with it is for charging it. Mine does sleep analysis too, so I put mine in a wrist cuff at night and get data on how long and how well I slept. I'm wearing my fitbit and reading fark right now.


I lost 30 pounds using a Fitbit to increase my activity. It's funny what happens when you can't mentally cheat and pretend you worked out more recently than you really did or overestimate that walk to the mailbox.
 
2015-11-05 04:50:50 PM  

anfrind: New Farkin User Name: Mr_Fabulous: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I broke down and spent the mucho dinero on a really good treadmill (Precor). My rationale was twofold:

1) Cheaper units break down after just a few years, and you have to replace it. Over the course of ten years, you're actually spending much less to get the expensive one.

2) If I've already dropped thousands on the equipment, I won't find an excuse not to use it. I'm emotionally invested and obligated to use it, because I'm a cheapskate.

It's worked for me.

So you subscribe to Sam Vimes's Boots Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness?

I believe the proper term is "sunk-cost fallacy".  It's the cognitive bias that tells us that if we paid big bucks for something, then that something must be really important.


Nope. The proper term is "cheap crap costs you more in the long run".

"The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness."

― Terry PratchettMen at Arms: The Play
 
2015-11-05 05:15:41 PM  

gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.


I've got the one from house of cards.
(I didn't pay for it, before anyone starts criticizing). I like it a lot.

Been using it 4 times a week.
 
2015-11-05 05:17:32 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: I've been using a spreadsheet for 5+ years to track my workouts. I don't really see the need to start using an app instead.  I'm not tethered to my phone to the degree that my wife and daughter are -- I'd rather use it less than more.


That's interesting, but you know phones can do a spreadsheet right? You don't get bonus points for going to a desktop after every workout like you are some neo-luddite.
 
2015-11-05 05:21:07 PM  
So what I need now is a bike for the off days during this winter. So many options.
 
2015-11-05 05:37:55 PM  
Apps and tracking devices are super useful when you're first starting out exercising, I wish these things existed back in '07 when I first started taking exercise seriously as I simply wrote everything down on paper. That said once something becomes a daily or semi-daily routine it becomes much easier to remember and keep track of where you are and where you need to be, and obviously a lot of people don't stick with these things - so either way they serve their purposes and people move on.
 
2015-11-05 06:29:42 PM  

AdamK: Apps and tracking devices are super useful when you're first starting out exercising, I wish these things existed back in '07 when I first started taking exercise seriously as I simply wrote everything down on paper. That said once something becomes a daily or semi-daily routine it becomes much easier to remember and keep track of where you are and where you need to be, and obviously a lot of people don't stick with these things - so either way they serve their purposes and people move on.


1907?  I'm almost certain Garmin had a GPS-based "watch" by 2007, which would track your activities and then you could download them through their software and map out where you ran or rode.  I had one - used it a little longer than I used my fitbit thingy, but it's sitting in a box somewhere.  With the advent of Map My Run/Bike/Tri, it's gotten easier to plot your routes out and log them, no watch necessary.

My dad has about thirty of these from his running years:

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2015-11-05 10:45:02 PM  

walkerhound: AdamK: Apps and tracking devices are super useful when you're first starting out exercising, I wish these things existed back in '07 when I first started taking exercise seriously as I simply wrote everything down on paper. That said once something becomes a daily or semi-daily routine it becomes much easier to remember and keep track of where you are and where you need to be, and obviously a lot of people don't stick with these things - so either way they serve their purposes and people move on.

1907?  I'm almost certain Garmin had a GPS-based "watch" by 2007, which would track your activities and then you could download them through their software and map out where you ran or rode.  I had one - used it a little longer than I used my fitbit thingy, but it's sitting in a box somewhere.  With the advent of Map My Run/Bike/Tri, it's gotten easier to plot your routes out and log them, no watch necessary.

My dad has about thirty of these from his running years:

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 331x499]


Yeah, those paper logs required a log more effort than I feel like before and after a workout. Mapmyrun is awesome for tracking your routes, especially if you are exploring or changing things up.
 
2015-11-05 10:50:46 PM  

Dimensio: The only "fitness app" that I have downloaded is Wii Fit U.

/I use it almost daily.


oh man i wanna join yer gym
 
2015-11-05 11:36:42 PM  
This hasn't morphed into a yoga pants thread yet? Farkle, I am disappoint
 
2015-11-05 11:37:30 PM  

Smackledorfer: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I've got the one from house of cards.
(I didn't pay for it, before anyone starts criticizing). I like it a lot.

Been using it 4 times a week.


Never saw it.  The one I like has a tank you fill with water and is pretty much all wood.
 
2015-11-06 12:06:28 AM  

gnosis301: Smackledorfer: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I've got the one from house of cards.
(I didn't pay for it, before anyone starts criticizing). I like it a lot.

Been using it 4 times a week.

Never saw it.  The one I like has a tank you fill with water and is pretty much all wood.


Water rower club.

That's the one.
 
2015-11-06 08:43:54 AM  

Smackledorfer: gnosis301: Smackledorfer: gnosis301: I'd really like to get a home rowing machine, but the one I like is boo-coo bucks.  Maybe one day, though.

I've got the one from house of cards.
(I didn't pay for it, before anyone starts criticizing). I like it a lot.

Been using it 4 times a week.

Never saw it.  The one I like has a tank you fill with water and is pretty much all wood.

Water rower club.

That's the one.


Ah, yep.  That's the one!
 
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