Auto Share to Partners

With our Star Membership, you have the ability to auto-share to your partners! Turn on or off auto sharing on the Partners page on the web for all those partners who allow sharing workout details, and activity providers will be automatically updated every time you do a workout. For those who have a lot of data on another platform, this can be a real time saver!

Auto Share to Partners

 

For an overview of social sharing and other share functionality see our post: Share Your Fitdigits Activities to Our Partners

The Best of the Rest (Other Workout Types)

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In the National Hockey League (NHL), the Original Six is a popular moniker given to the first six teams to populate the league. For 25 years, only six squads (Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs) faced off until expansion inevitably diversified the playing field. While the newer teams have their own rich tradition and an ample amount of amazing memories, the Original Six is revered in NHL lore.

Here at Fitdigits, we have our own Original Six.

Walk, Run, Hike, Bike, Cardio and Indoor Cycling will always have a special place in our hearts. For years, the Original Six were the only workout options for our dedicated Fitdigits disciples. However, the release of Fitdigits Version 8.0 introduced over 50 new workout types, and with it the ability to truly customize your workout experience. With that in mind, lets take a look at the next six- the best of the rest. Here are the six most popular of our new batch of workout types:

chart_3Weight Lifting

All of you future Mr. and Ms. Olympia out there have made weight lifting by far our most popular new workout type, nearly doubling the next closest option. While popular perception connects lifting weights solely with gaining mass, pumping iron is a great way to raise your metabolism.

Elliptical

Coming in second most frequently used is our good friend the Elliptical. Elliptical workouts are an excellent alternative to running, in that it allows for a great cardio workout without putting all of the additional wear and tear on your knees, feet and ankles. Maybe try mixing it up on the Elliptical by performing heart rate based interval workouts.

Circuit Train

Getting the bronze medal is Circuit Training. A workout that is short on time but long on results, circuit training is a great way to get an efficient and effective workout. For more information on the benefits of Circuit Training, Shape.com has an excellent article on The 7 Benefits of Circuit Training.

Treadmill Run

Sometimes the relentless summer sun can be beating down a little to aggressively and you need to take your run indoors. That line of thinking has led Treadmill Run to be the fourth most popular new workout type. Record your pace and distance on a treadmill by manually entering your distance.

Treadmill Walk

Walking is a fantastic way to stay active when your body is not up for an intense workout, and Treadmill Walk has slowly but surely made its way into fifth place. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of activity, and walking is a great way to meet that goal. Read all about The Benefits of Walking.

HIIT

HIIT, short for High Intensity Interval Training, is one of the best ways to burn fat while working out, and Fitdigits users have hit HIIT up into sixth place amongst new workout types. HIIT combines intense short intervals of activity with short intervals of rest, allowing the heart to recover slightly before kicking it into overdrive all over again. HIIT is a perfect companion for a compatible Heart Rate Monitor, allowing you to chart your intervals in an easy to understand graph.

The Fitdigits Home Activity Feed

Fitdigits now offers a new activity feed for your recent activities, which allows for quick and convenient access to stats, all from the home screen. View and compare your workouts from bird’s eye view so you can keep track of your fitness and health progress. When tracking with heart rate, compare heart rate charts at a glance. Look for helpful tips and articles in the feed.

Access the activity feed by swiping up from the bottom of the home screen!

Access the activity feed by swiping up from the bottom of the home screen!

In addition, you may now use the activity feed for quick managing of workouts:

  • To expand workout details and view the full summary of your workout, simply tap the workout from the activity feed.
  • To sync any unsaved workouts containing a yellow heart, tap (from the upper left corner) menu -> sync.
  • To delete any workouts from the app, go to menu -> results.  Tap edit and then delete the workout in question.
  • To minimize the expanded feed, tap or swipe the the top arrow down.
  • To refresh the feed – typically only if you don’t see a recent activity showing up, swipe up the feed to full screen, then slide down and hold for a second the feed. The top should catch and say “Refreshing Feed” for a bit. That will rebuild your feed based on the activities showing in the app under Menu > Activities.

If you are experiencing any problems, please contact Support.

Advanced Heart Rate Analysis

Fitdigits advanced heart rate analysis is now included with the Star Membership. Heart rate analysis helps you monitor how your fitness is changing through time, making sure that your efforts over multiple workouts are balanced to your goals and helping you reach those goals. It can also help you dial in your personal heart rate zones, allowing you to see how the distribution goes at different intensities.

To access new heart rate analysis charts, log into my.fitdigits.com. Go to Activities. Click the arrows on either side of the dashboard display to switch dashboards. Remember, you can adjust your time in the top left corner to view your stats by week, month, year, or custom. By dropping down the options menu, you can also change the grouping of your activities (to select Runs only, Cycle only, etc) and adjust which activity type is displayed.

BPM (Beats per Minute) Histogram

BPM histograms show your heart rate distribution for the given time frame. Below is the heart rate distribution for all workouts in 2013. Zones can be determined by dropping the Options section and selecting the heart rate zone set of your choice. Check out how Fitdigits determines heart rate zones and how accurately determine zones with fitness assessments. If you have had a fitness assessment elsewhere and know your zones, you can also manually enter them.

Zone Histogram

Zone histograms show the time spent in each heart rate zone as well as a percent breakdown for each zone. In the image below, 12% or 7:22 hours of total workout time with heart rate was spent in zone 2. The zone histogram and pie chart will show just how your time in zones adds up.

 

New advanced graphs allow you to see your time in zones over multiple workouts. Select to view workouts by month to see how your fitness is changing through time. If you choose, you may also view these changes over all workouts or over a specific workout type.

 

This can be great when you are going through different training stages or have different goals in mind. Are you looking to build your base in the off-season? If so, maybe you want to make sure you are mostly in those lower zones for longer periods of time. Are you looking to improve your stamina at race pace? Or perhaps your power for shorter distances?

Each goal has, at its core, a mix of time in the zones; if you are always pushing too hard, it may be time to give your body a break! Can you identify where you are cutting yourself short by not pushing hard enough, or if you aren’t taking enough base building time?

Fitdigits 4 Keys to Cardio Fitness

Creating Interval Structured Workouts with Fitdigits

Whether doing HIIT or long slow intervals (start slow then taper lol), interval-based exercise has been shown to help you define the best workout to meet your goals.

Fitdigits iCardio, iRunner, iBiker and iWalker with a Pro Plus or Star Membership gives you the ability to create and customize your workout definition, getting visual audio cues and coaching through the routines. When you have a plan, this is the place for you.

Create workouts based on heart rate or pace zones – ideally created by using one of our fitness assessments. Structured interval workouts based on heart rate are a popular feature, and tend to be more efficient and correct, but many plans are often specified in distance and pace, rather than heart rate.

Managing and Creating an Interval Structured Workout

Access your structured interval workouts:

  1. In the app, at the main screen, swipe to select the activity type you would like to create the intervals. Any activity  – run, bike, walk, etc, can be chosen.
  2. Tap the activity options (gear) icon for that activity
  3. Tap Workout Routines

With the Pro Plus package, it comes with some stock routines, targeting different heart rate zones and outcomes, that make a good base for workouts.

Managing Structured Interval Workouts

Launch Routine: To launch a created routine, tap the routine name and tap Launch. Tap Edit Routine on that same screen if you want to edit it.

Edit Routine: Tap Edit in the top right of the screen. That will bring you to the creating / editing interval workout screen described below.

 

Creating or Editing Interval Structured Workouts

At the bottom of the list of workouts, you will see two different types of interval workouts that can be created with a variety of options. Traditional Time & Distance based, or Music based, which is a variance on time based intervals, where you can specify the length of the interval to also be the length of the song(s) you pick, to match the effort to the beat of your favorites.

Create a Heart Rate or Pace Interval Workout

  1. Tap Add at the bottom of the Workout Routines listing
  2. Tap Name and add a description of the intervals you are creating
  3. In the Zone Type, select BPM
  4. Set whether the interval will be measured by Time or Distance. If you chose to create a music based routine, it will prompt you for either a playlist or song, see below for more on Music routines.
  5. Select the Zone you would like to target for that segment
  6. To add more intervals for that series, or even add another series, repeat the above. Check out our Guide on designing fun, effective and interesting interval workouts for more on building fun and effective routines.
  7. Choose if you want to automatically start Recovery once the workout is complete, and / or to automatically End once complete.
  8. Tap Save in the upper right to save your changes.  Heart rate zone structured interval workouts

Pace Interval WorkoutsMusic Structured Interval Workouts

 

 

 

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.