One of my goals for this year is to be in good enough shape to be able to compete in the Tough Mudder that is occurring in October here in central Texas. I put my money where my mouth is and signed up for it. Now I’ve got to put the pedal to the metal and get myself in enough shape to run it.
For me it is more of a two-fold exercise; first, I have to get into that shape and second, I have to not die while getting into that shape. As you might already know, being a Type I Diabetic means I have to be a heck of a lot more careful when exercising because I could end up having my blood sugar drop to dangerous levels and end up dying or in coma if I’m not very careful. However, challenges are fun and interesting and proof that I can do it despite whatever is holding me back so I think it’ll be a blast getting myself into the right shape to do it. Anyway, back to the task at hand: getting in shape. I wasn’t in the best physical shape thanks to stress and some long hours at work and school but it wasn’t the worst shape I’d even been in.. and I’ve got nine months to get into that good shape.
I initially thought about doing P90X and Insanity again, but having done those I was into doing something a little different; perhaps going outside for a change, especially since the tough mudder is a 12 mile obstacle course. I need to get some running into my routine. Working out with my friends from work would help me get into a routine, however, I was really looking for something that could turn fitness into a game. And that is when I was introduced to Fitocracy.
Fitocracy makes fitness a social game. Sign up for it with your friends, follow each other and Fitocracy assigns points to the exercises that you do and scores you. As you do more exercises you’ll level up (just like a real-life RPG!) and open up quests and achievements along the way. I’ve found that the more exercises I do the likely I am to look and see that I’m really close to finishing another quest so I go ahead and muscle ahead and complete the few exercises that I need to complete the quest. Hopefully way before the Tough Mudder date I’ll be in great shape and I’ll be able to run through Tough Mudder like Arnuld through bad guys in Commando and I’ll look a heck of a lot better than I have in a long time (I don’t look that bad now, but you know, it always helps to look better :)).