Share Your Fitdigits Activities to Our Partners

Ever since preschool, it has been hammered into our heads to share. “Sharing is caring” my preschool teacher, Ms. Cray, would always say, and I must say she got that right (also was a big fan of nap time).

You’ve seen the power of adding a Daily Activity provider or Nutrition & Calorie Intake provider. Here we will cover sharing activities tracked in Fitdigits apps to our workout sharing partners. It’s easy to show your friends, family and workout buddies that you truly care by sharing your Fitdigits workouts. It is fun, easy, and a great way to inspire others, or also if you happen to have a lot of data in a particular portal, and aren’t ready to make the full jump, but still love using our apps!

Share your workouts to: TrainingPeaks, Strava, Runkeeper, DailyMile, Facebook, MyFitnessPal, Twitter and More

With our Star Membership, you have the ability to auto-share to your partners. When paired and set to on, activity providers will be automatically updated every time you do a workout without having to share manually as outlined here.

To Share from your iOS or Android device:

1. Go into the detailed Results of the activity you want to shareSharing to partners from Fitdigits apps
2. Tap the “Share” in the upper right hand corner
3. Tap how you want to share the activity.
4. If you don’t see the partner you want to share to in the list, tap “Add Share Partner” and select / link to the desired partner.

NOTES: Make sure you have synced your workouts by performing a Sync before you attempt to share via .csv. Fitdigits will not allow you to email your results via .csv, .gpx or .tcx if you have not already synced the workout.

Also, from the devices, share is only for activity partners, not device partners such as Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or nutrition partners such as MyFitnessPal. The share to those partners is typically automatic on sync, but if there is an issue, you can also share them via the website, see below for more.

 

To Share from the Website:

Partner Share from Fitdigits Website

1. Go into the detailed Results of the activity you want to share (it must be synced from the device to the cloud to show on the website).
2. Tap the “Share” in the upper right hand corner
3. Tap how you want to share the activity.
4. If you don’t see the partner you want to share to in the list, tap “Add Share Partner” and select / link to the desired partner.

Ways you can share:

Share Page 
This option creates a custom page that accessible by those with the link. Using that URL, you can share the page / activity with anyone or any way you choose. When you are on that page, you will see a set of options on the left side of the page that make it easy to click and share.

Apple Health
This will share your Fitdigits workout to your Apple Health app. For more information, see the blog post on Apple Health.

Email
This will share your Fitdigits workout results via email. When you tap email, Fitdigits will put a summary of your data, as well as include the screenshots you specified. You can then send this email to whomever you like!

Facebook
This will share your Fitdigits workout to your Facebook wall. For more information, see the blog post on Facebook Sharing.

Twitter
This will share your Fitdigits Workout to your Twitter sphere. For more information, see the blog post on Tweeting your Workouts

Strava
This will upload your information to Strava. Strava is a online workout logging website, with both free and premium accounts available. You can upload all of your Fitdigits workouts so you have them in an easy to access format. To share, make sure you link to Strava by going to Menu > Partners >Strava, enter your Strava username and password and tap Save.

Now go back to your workout results, tap Share -> Strava, choose what type of workout you performed, tap save and you will receive a message verifying that your workout has been uploaded.

Notes: Strava doesn’t support indoor workout types except Elliptical – see here for more, and note the bottom comment about a Work out type with an indoor checkbox is no longer valid. They need GPS for a valid share or, it seems, marking the workout as an Elliptical. If you have any update please let us know at support @ fitdigits.com

Daily Mile
This will upload your workouts to your dailymile account. Login using your dailymile username and password. If you login to dailymile using your Facebook account, go the dailymile website and login with your Facebook account. Next, choose the option to change your password, and create a password for your Facebook account on dailymile. After you have done this, when you try to pair with dailymile do not login via Facebook, but instead use your Facebook email address and new password.

Runkeeper
This will upload your workouts to your Runkeeper account. Login using your Runkeeper username and password. If you login to Runkeeper using your Facebook account, go the Runkeeper website and login with your Facebook account. Next, choose the option to change your password, and create a password for your Facebook account on Runkeeper. After you have done this, when you try to pair with Runkeeper do not login via Facebook, but instead use your Facebook email address and new password.

See here as an example of how to add Runkeeper and share a workout to them:

Training Peaks
This will upload your information to Training Peaks. Training Peaks is a online workout and nutrition logging website, with both free and premium accounts available. You can upload all of your Fitdigits workouts so you have them in an easy to access format. To share, make sure you link to Training Peaks by going to Menu > Partners > Training Peaks, enter your Training Peaks username and password and tap Save.

Now go back to your workout results, tap Share -> Training Peaks, choose what type of workout you performed, tap save and you will receive a message verifying that your workout has been uploaded.

Lose It! (iOS devices only)
You can also now visualize your results through Lose It! For more information, see our blog post on Sharing Workouts to Lose It!

Email .csv, .tcx, .gpx
Choosing this option will email yourself your workout results as a linke to a .csv, .tcx and .gpx file. A .csv file is best opened in Excel and once you have this data, you can manipulate it in excel or upload it to numerous workout tracking websites. The other file types, .tcx and .gpx, are popular file formats for workout upload sites such as Garmin Connect.

 

 

Nutritional Tips for a Healthy Recovery Phase

23 September 2010
By USAT Coach Andrew Johnson (featured in the TrainingPeaks Official Blog)

Overtraining is often seen as pushing your body too far in training, but it can also be due to poor recovery. That is, had the athlete been more attentive to their recovery, they may not have pushed their body into that depleted state. Rather than overtraining, the athlete has actually under-recovered. This is why one of my favorite sayings as a coach is “the only thing you need to take more seriously than your training is your recovery”. This singular statement illustrates how important recovery really is.

I put recovery into two categories, micro and macro. Micro recovery is the day to day cycle of refueling and repairing your body while macro recovery refers to a period when an athlete is in need of a longer period of recovery. Poor micro recovery leads to more and longer periods of macro recovery. Basically, if you don’t pay attention to the day to day needs of your body, it will catch up with you in the end.

By now, the science of recovery has been well established. Post workout, an athlete needs to ingest a good mix of carbohydrates, proteins, anti-oxidants and vitamins and minerals. A ratio of approximately 4 to 1 carbohydrates to protein has been shown to be the most effective. Your carbohydrates should come from good sources like whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Good protein choices include almond butter, cottage cheese, nuts or Greek style yogurt. In addition to good carbohydrates, fruits provide anti-oxidants as well as vitamins and minerals. Some of the best out there are blackberries, blueberries, apples and pomegranates. One of my favorite post workout meals is quinoa (a simple whole grain that also has a full spectrum of amino acids), a mix of berries, walnuts, cinnamon (very high in anti-oxidants) and bit of honey. For those that cannot stomach whole foods after a workout, there are several good recovery drinks and shakes that will do the trick.
The second step is to make good nutritional choices throughout the day. Again, choose foods that have high nutritional values like fruits and vegetables and whole grains. There is no secret here, eat what your mother told you to! This helps to keep your body ready for the coming workout. Sound nutrition on a daily basis will help you avoid pushing your body into a deep hole.

No matter how good your daily routine might be, you will need periods of macro recovery. Usually planned for after a major race or at the end of the season, this period is also key. Since training is at a minimum, good nutrition is a major factor. Here is a fantastic article by Joe Friel, that breaks down the essential nutritional needs of your body during the different phases of training.

If you are still in training season and the recovery cycle is a planned period in your training plan, your nutrition should essentially remain unchanged. Your body is still in need of quality calories to re-build itself. This is not the time to start eating junk food or gorging on pizza. Macro recovery nutrition only differs in that you may need to add more calorie dense foods to your diet. If you have lost significant weight due to heavy training, you may need to add some foods you haven’t eaten in awhile.

While training for an Ironman a few years back, I was told that I was losing too much weight. The solution was to calorie dense foods back into my diet. I found the healthiest options I could, this meant adding cheese to my salads, eating more nuts, peanut butter and I switched to regular butter. I even ate organic pop tarts and while not the healthiest thing, they provided me with much needed calories.

Athletes also need to take a break at the end of the season, or after a major race. This period is typically longer than if the athlete were in season and allows the athlete to fully recover from a summer spent racing. Many athletes will start by digging into the foods they avoided during training. The ice cream, candy and soda suddenly come back into your routine. I believe this is as much mental as it is physical. Having avoided sweets or cheese for so long, your mind is somehow comforted by eating these foods. I know what it’s like to crave a burger or pizza for weeks and then have it placed in front of you after a race. It’s a great feeling because you’ve earned it. While I believe that you have to give into this, it has to be in moderation. So go ahead and indulge some, just don’t do it for every meal of the day. You should still try to eat healthy and limit your intake of less than healthy food. I know that if I’m going to go out and have that pizza I’ve been craving, I will have a big salad at lunch to get in some good calories. A small measure of restraint and forethought goes a long way in avoiding major weight gain.

Nutrition is a key element to performance. It provides you with the means to repair your body and stay healthy. Following a few simple guidelines will help you train longer and recover faster. If you find yourself in need of some help with nutritional planning, check out the plans available through TrainingPeaks. It is a super convenient way to get expert nutritional advice every day. As you know, one of the features of the TrainingPeaks tool is the delivery of daily emails. Contained in those emails are your workouts as well as any meals you might have planned. It is a seriously easy way to stay nutritionally balanced during the different phases of training as well as during the all-important recovery phase.

AJ Johnson is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Certified Coach based in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He has worked with D3 Multisport for the past seven years coaching athletes of all levels and abilities. He has completed 13 Ironman races, including three Ironman World Championships. Along with triathlon he also competes in mountain bike races, ski events, biathlons, cyclocross and any other event that intrigues him. You can follow him on his blog and find out more about his coaching.

Read the original post at TrainingPeaks.