Monday, October 29, 2012

Have You Heard of TribeSports?

One of the ways to get and stay active is to be part of a community where you can feed off of people's experiences, ask for advice, and take on challenges set by others. This is the premise of groups like Weight Watchers, running clubs, and local sports teams. One site has been developed to facilitate that community development and build off our competitive nature: TribeSports.

From the TribeSports site, here are a few reasons they believe TribeSports would make you more active:
  • It is free!
  • Seeing other people exercise is contagious.
  • Getting encouragement and advice is reassuring, its addictive, and it makes you want to do more.
  • Taking Challenges helps you keep motivated and pushes you to try new things.
  • Hitting the Challenge take button provides that bit of accountability that will see you succeed with it.
  • It keeps you wanting to grow your knowledge by pushing yourself a little more than you would otherwise.
My interpretation? TribeSports is kind of like a Facebook for sports. It is more than Facebook because you have the challenge factor, but you know what I mean. You can follow and unfollow people, you can track other folks' activity and constantly update yours, and you can win medals and join leadership boards. 

Now your friends won't yell at you for sending Twitter updates every time you work out! Instead, share it with people who would be motivated by it. Of course you can still connect to your Facebook and Twitter if you want to, and download the app to keep yourself motivated on the go as well.

I have high hopes for TribeSports. I do believe with the right attention and publicity, it can grow to be a big community of subscribers across the globe. All of us avid exercise and sports fans can have a place to be as competitive as we want, and maybe it would inspire others to get competitive too.

Try it out and let me know what you think! They have challenges all the time and we will start to put them up as they become available. For now, look to the left sidebar for the current challenge that inspires me: "Do 30 minutes of physical activity every day for a year". Click on the link and sign up.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

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