"You know you love to say it - RUN!"
stepnsteph:

raise-the-gates:

bluesigma:

samyaoza-and-sportsbras:

ALRIGHT.
LISTEN UP, BYU. MORE LIKE Y B U. MORE LIKE CAN’T RELY ON U FOR ANYTHING. YOU COME INTO MY HOUSE. YOU INSULT MY RUNNING APP
EXCUSE
YOU
It was a pain to run a single mile before Zombies, Run. I hated running. Even if it was part of another sport. On top of that, I am a working college student who had so much to do that it’s hard to feel any motivation for exercise.
Z,R changed it. Changed it ALL. I can happily run three miles. Normally I would do six. PER DAY. I JUST DID A RACE IN WHICH I RAN 15.5 MILES.  I feel good now when I run. I didn’t feel that before starting Z,R. Do NOT tell me that this app alone hasn’t affected my long-term healthy behaviors. Do NOT. I now don’t feel any hesitation about running because I know that I can do it, and that I’ll feel good afterwards.
Yes, I read the study and am not just dissing it out of loyalty, lol. I don’t agree with a lot of their points and I thought it’d be interesting to hear any opinions contrasting to mine, considering we all own one of the major apps under discussion.
…I just realized that this is kind of long. I’ll put it under a cut.
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Zombies Run is a motivation tool. However…motivation is key to kickstarting a healthy lifestyle. Nothing, and I mean nothing, has gotten me into exercise the way Zombies Run has. I would go for a mile before and be shattered…and then never run again. ZR has me running two miles every two days, like clockwork. Its motivational factor has started to push me into a running routine, a running lifestyle. Not just the one off run and then never do it again. Zombies Run changed my lifestyle for the better, and no one can tell me otherwise.

The biggest thing for me is that ZR makes running enjoyable. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about people it’s that they aren’t going to do things they don’t enjoy just because “they should.” I like running when it’s with ZR. I’m excited to buy my next pair of running shoes. I’m proud when I can do a mile a little faster or run a little longer. And it all started because of this app and the story.

I don’t see a link to the actual study, but I suppose that’s alright. From what I’m seeing here I doubt that I would do anything other than disagree with it.
I’m studying the ACE manual (and other materials) to prep for their certification exam. The impression that I get when reading this post is that the BYU “researchers” know a few key points, but don’t actually understand them. For example, the ACE manual often reiterates the importance of the person (your client) being intrinsically motivated. This is the best way to ensure that the person continues living a healthy life style, along with journaling, prepping for relapse, stimulus control, social support and so on.
Basically, intrinsic motivation is the goal. What BYU does not seem to understand is that the entire career of the fitness professional is focused on that goal: Assisting the client develop intrinsic motivation. All of the teaching, all of the motivation, all of the feedback, it’s all focused on guiding the person to maintaining a healthy life style on their own.
"Teaching a [person] to fish", to borrow from and paraphrase an old expression.
As for using themselves as subjects and the use of comments in the apps’ ratings, this all adds up to make me wonder if these weren’t undergrads doing a bit of quick & simple homework. Yet even if that were true, this still makes little to no sense. As an undergrad in psychology we were required to conduct research before graduating. It was the entire process, because it was actual research. We were required to submit our proposals to the ethics committee. We were required to do all of the paper work, all of the leg work, and more importantly we were required to have actual test subjects for our research. The test subjects were the students, usually freshman, in the General Psychology classes.
There is no way that we would have been allowed to skimp on our work as seen in this BYU thing, using ourselves and the feedback from some website. There is no way to control the data, no way to be sure of its veracity. Had we suggested doing something like this we would have received “the stare” followed by, “No.”.
Side note: We (the entire upper class, not solely our team) were unable to carry out our research due to a lack of time during that semester. Consequently, we completed all of the steps possible leading up to performing the actual research. C’est la vie.
In so far as ZR’s effectiveness, it has a pal of mine running. He’s someone who I’ve been trying to nudge toward exercise for quite some time. He’s now eager to run to continue the story missions and has even repeated the training from previous weeks to better prepare for the next week of training missions. That is some commendable dedication. It also had me running on a regular basis. He and I both had to stop due to the considerable heat and humidity (100o F / 38o C or higher + high humidity).
ZR just works. Maybe not for everybody, but nothing works for “everybody”. If you haven’t tried it, get it. Get the Zombies, Run! 5K Trainer, and keep in mind that the 5K app is a drop in the bucket compared to the full app.
Edit: If anyone is curious, the Gen. Psych students are required to either take part in the research or to complete alternative homework assignments. There are semesters when the Gen. Psych students haven’t progressed far enough in their classes to take part. There are semesters when one upper class does not complete their work soon enough (we all have to do it at the same time). Thus, things don’t always workout such that the research can be completed.

Shoot, you’re totally right. Forgot to insert the link. The article is at the top of BYU’s homepage. I was kind of curious where they were coming from and actually hunted down their research paper on it, which goes into detail. If you read it and change your mind, let me know because I’m really curious. (And it’s really interesting to hear about all this ACE stuff. Go you!)
I mean, their own description of their method is:

An analysis of health and fitness apps related to physical activity and diet was conducted among apps in the Apple App Store in the winter of 2014. This analysis reviewed a sample of 132 apps for the 10 effective game elements, the 6 core components of health gamification, and 13 core health behavior constructs. A regression analysis was conducted in order to measure the correlation between health behavior constructs, gamification components, and effective game elements.

Most of their focus was on the elements of the app itself and really had very little user input beyond the app reviews in the store. I just feel like there’s a much better way that this could have been done. There’s a lot of confounding variables here.
I think you said it best - it’s supposed to assist you in developing the intrinsic motivation. That is the goal, not the starting point. 
On a side note, I really like how everyone is jumping in on this post with their personal stories. Like a huge “WE are the proof”. You go guys. Y’all are so inspirational. 

stepnsteph:

raise-the-gates:

bluesigma:

samyaoza-and-sportsbras:

ALRIGHT.

LISTEN UP, BYU. MORE LIKE Y B U. MORE LIKE CAN’T RELY ON U FOR ANYTHING. YOU COME INTO MY HOUSE. YOU INSULT MY RUNNING APP

EXCUSE

YOU

It was a pain to run a single mile before Zombies, Run. I hated running. Even if it was part of another sport. On top of that, I am a working college student who had so much to do that it’s hard to feel any motivation for exercise.

Z,R changed it. Changed it ALL. I can happily run three miles. Normally I would do six. PER DAY. I JUST DID A RACE IN WHICH I RAN 15.5 MILES.  I feel good now when I run. I didn’t feel that before starting Z,R. Do NOT tell me that this app alone hasn’t affected my long-term healthy behaviors. Do NOT. I now don’t feel any hesitation about running because I know that I can do it, and that I’ll feel good afterwards.

Yes, I read the study and am not just dissing it out of loyalty, lol. I don’t agree with a lot of their points and I thought it’d be interesting to hear any opinions contrasting to mine, considering we all own one of the major apps under discussion.

…I just realized that this is kind of long. I’ll put it under a cut.

Read More

Zombies Run is a motivation tool. However…motivation is key to kickstarting a healthy lifestyle. Nothing, and I mean nothing, has gotten me into exercise the way Zombies Run has. I would go for a mile before and be shattered…and then never run again. ZR has me running two miles every two days, like clockwork. Its motivational factor has started to push me into a running routine, a running lifestyle. Not just the one off run and then never do it again. Zombies Run changed my lifestyle for the better, and no one can tell me otherwise.

The biggest thing for me is that ZR makes running enjoyable. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about people it’s that they aren’t going to do things they don’t enjoy just because “they should.” I like running when it’s with ZR. I’m excited to buy my next pair of running shoes. I’m proud when I can do a mile a little faster or run a little longer. And it all started because of this app and the story.

I don’t see a link to the actual study, but I suppose that’s alright. From what I’m seeing here I doubt that I would do anything other than disagree with it.

I’m studying the ACE manual (and other materials) to prep for their certification exam. The impression that I get when reading this post is that the BYU “researchers” know a few key points, but don’t actually understand them. For example, the ACE manual often reiterates the importance of the person (your client) being intrinsically motivated. This is the best way to ensure that the person continues living a healthy life style, along with journaling, prepping for relapse, stimulus control, social support and so on.

Basically, intrinsic motivation is the goal. What BYU does not seem to understand is that the entire career of the fitness professional is focused on that goal: Assisting the client develop intrinsic motivation. All of the teaching, all of the motivation, all of the feedback, it’s all focused on guiding the person to maintaining a healthy life style on their own.

"Teaching a [person] to fish", to borrow from and paraphrase an old expression.

As for using themselves as subjects and the use of comments in the apps’ ratings, this all adds up to make me wonder if these weren’t undergrads doing a bit of quick & simple homework. Yet even if that were true, this still makes little to no sense. As an undergrad in psychology we were required to conduct research before graduating. It was the entire process, because it was actual research. We were required to submit our proposals to the ethics committee. We were required to do all of the paper work, all of the leg work, and more importantly we were required to have actual test subjects for our research. The test subjects were the students, usually freshman, in the General Psychology classes.

There is no way that we would have been allowed to skimp on our work as seen in this BYU thing, using ourselves and the feedback from some website. There is no way to control the data, no way to be sure of its veracity. Had we suggested doing something like this we would have received “the stare” followed by, “No.”.

Side note: We (the entire upper class, not solely our team) were unable to carry out our research due to a lack of time during that semester. Consequently, we completed all of the steps possible leading up to performing the actual research. C’est la vie.

In so far as ZR’s effectiveness, it has a pal of mine running. He’s someone who I’ve been trying to nudge toward exercise for quite some time. He’s now eager to run to continue the story missions and has even repeated the training from previous weeks to better prepare for the next week of training missions. That is some commendable dedication. It also had me running on a regular basis. He and I both had to stop due to the considerable heat and humidity (100o F / 38o C or higher + high humidity).

ZR just works. Maybe not for everybody, but nothing works for “everybody”. If you haven’t tried it, get it. Get the Zombies, Run! 5K Trainer, and keep in mind that the 5K app is a drop in the bucket compared to the full app.

Edit: If anyone is curious, the Gen. Psych students are required to either take part in the research or to complete alternative homework assignments. There are semesters when the Gen. Psych students haven’t progressed far enough in their classes to take part. There are semesters when one upper class does not complete their work soon enough (we all have to do it at the same time). Thus, things don’t always workout such that the research can be completed.

Shoot, you’re totally right. Forgot to insert the link. The article is at the top of BYU’s homepage. I was kind of curious where they were coming from and actually hunted down their research paper on it, which goes into detail. If you read it and change your mind, let me know because I’m really curious. (And it’s really interesting to hear about all this ACE stuff. Go you!)

I mean, their own description of their method is:

An analysis of health and fitness apps related to physical activity and diet was conducted among apps in the Apple App Store in the winter of 2014. This analysis reviewed a sample of 132 apps for the 10 effective game elements, the 6 core components of health gamification, and 13 core health behavior constructs. A regression analysis was conducted in order to measure the correlation between health behavior constructs, gamification components, and effective game elements.

Most of their focus was on the elements of the app itself and really had very little user input beyond the app reviews in the store. I just feel like there’s a much better way that this could have been done. There’s a lot of confounding variables here.

I think you said it best - it’s supposed to assist you in developing the intrinsic motivation. That is the goal, not the starting point

On a side note, I really like how everyone is jumping in on this post with their personal stories. Like a huge “WE are the proof”. You go guys. Y’all are so inspirational. 

ALRIGHT.
LISTEN UP, BYU. MORE LIKE Y B U. MORE LIKE CAN’T RELY ON U FOR ANYTHING. YOU COME INTO MY HOUSE. YOU INSULT MY RUNNING APP
EXCUSE
YOU
It was a pain to run a single mile before Zombies, Run. I hated running. Even if it was part of another sport. On top of that, I am a working college student who had so much to do that it’s hard to feel any motivation for exercise.
Z,R changed it. Changed it ALL. I can happily run three miles. Normally I would do six. PER DAY. I JUST DID A RACE IN WHICH I RAN 15.5 MILES.  I feel good now when I run. I didn’t feel that before starting Z,R. Do NOT tell me that this app alone hasn’t affected my long-term healthy behaviors. Do NOT. I now don’t feel any hesitation about running because I know that I can do it, and that I’ll feel good afterwards.
Yes, I read the study and am not just dissing it out of loyalty, lol. I don’t agree with a lot of their points and I thought it’d be interesting to hear any opinions contrasting to mine, considering we all own one of the major apps under discussion.
…I just realized that this is kind of long. I’ll put it under a cut.
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 I… take issue with how the study was done, personally. Essentially what happened is that they downloaded around 130 apps from the Apple Store (most of which were free but did include Zombies, Run.) They then analyzed those apps to find how many elements of “gamification” were within the apps. A lot of these included social interaction with peers, digital rewards for completing certain tasks, etc. 
Their own points of actual user-itself input was the two researchers trying out all of these apps themselves, and the app’s online reviews. I’m not sure how you can draw any conclusions about long-term healthy behaviors from app reviews themselves. Most people leave reviews after a short time of play. They only do it once. And many users don’t review - often people who feel passionate about an issue, positively or negatively, are going to be the ones who talk about it. Am I making sense? I don’t think that you can use app reviews necessarily to judge long term behavior of the users.
The article essentially says that “well, there’s not a lot of studies done on it, so, you can’t say that it does help.” Well, I can’t find any studies that say that it doesn’t. The researchers are concerned that gamification is ignoring “key elements of behavior change” and could be demotivating in the long run. That the operant conditioning element of these apps aren’t sustainable. Uh… You can’t draw a conclusion just because you’re concerned about it. Yes, there isn’t much study on the subject. Including those that would back your point. But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Also, lord. This paragraph:

“It’s like people assuming that you hate health and you hate taking care of your body so they offer to give you some stuff in order for you to do what they want you to do,” Lister said. “But really, you should intrinsically want to be healthy and be engaged in healthy activity.”

Cool. Cool for you. We can talk about how people “should” be all day. People “should” intrinsically want to learn while in school. People “should” have basic human respect for everyone. Fact of the matter is, it’s not how the world works. We’re not going to go anywhere if we don’t work from the actual world that we actually live in, instead of the one we should. Many people don’t intrinsically feel motivated to exercise. You feel that they “should”, but they don’t. These kinds of apps are for them.  
Even if these apps didn’t end up working in the long run, I don’t understand what’s so super awful about that. Because even for a short while, you were exercising. For that time, your body was healthier. That wasn’t time lost. Something doesn’t have to last a long time in order to have any value. Every bit of exercise counts. No exercise is a waste. Sure, things didn’t go how you hoped they did, but it did improve your health.
Maybe it’s different for me, but I don’t do Zombies, Run for the “Mission Completed” at the end. I don’t do it because I get to “save the world”. I don’t do it for the “achievements”. I do it for the story. I do it just like you feel intrinsically motivated to keep reading a really good book. It’s my push to go out and run. It’s the push that I need in order to develop those long term habits. 
And I think that counts, in and of itself.
Thoughts? Anyone have vastly different opinions than me? I’m curious to know what other people think.

ALRIGHT.

LISTEN UP, BYU. MORE LIKE Y B U. MORE LIKE CAN’T RELY ON U FOR ANYTHING. YOU COME INTO MY HOUSE. YOU INSULT MY RUNNING APP

EXCUSE

YOU

It was a pain to run a single mile before Zombies, Run. I hated running. Even if it was part of another sport. On top of that, I am a working college student who had so much to do that it’s hard to feel any motivation for exercise.

Z,R changed it. Changed it ALL. I can happily run three miles. Normally I would do six. PER DAY. I JUST DID A RACE IN WHICH I RAN 15.5 MILES.  I feel good now when I run. I didn’t feel that before starting Z,R. Do NOT tell me that this app alone hasn’t affected my long-term healthy behaviors. Do NOT. I now don’t feel any hesitation about running because I know that I can do it, and that I’ll feel good afterwards.

Yes, I read the study and am not just dissing it out of loyalty, lol. I don’t agree with a lot of their points and I thought it’d be interesting to hear any opinions contrasting to mine, considering we all own one of the major apps under discussion.

…I just realized that this is kind of long. I’ll put it under a cut.

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lindleyjo:

…
I feel like Phil just gave me panties…
…

oh my god the first time i got this gift was back when they still showed what item it was that the person was giving you and MINE WAS THIS

you can probably guess, paired with the above description, what the first thought i had was. i’m not so sure I ever laughed so hard at anything ever.

lindleyjo:

I feel like Phil just gave me panties…

oh my god the first time i got this gift was back when they still showed what item it was that the person was giving you and MINE WAS THIS

you're thinking it too don't lie

you can probably guess, paired with the above description, what the first thought i had was. i’m not so sure I ever laughed so hard at anything ever.

You can do it! just keep writing!
Anonymous

Tomorrow is my day off which means super writing session of course

Thank you <3 trying to power through, some of this is heavy stuff and I’m trying to hold to that spark of motivation while I have it!

I've been listening to your Radioactive/ZR mashup on repeat for like an hour now and this is the second or third time in a week. xD So just thought I'd let you know how amazing it is! Thank you for it!

Hahaha, no problem! Thank you so much! It’s so cool to know that my random experiment on Audacity made a lot of people happy.

And I’m going to embarrass myself and admit that I do the same thing, with all of my fanmixes. They’re all on my running playlist. It’s to the point where I can’t listen to Cosmic Love without wondering where Sam’s voice is, and hearing Hurt by Johnny Cash still makes me want to cry about the end of Season Two.

Progress, yay *confetti*

So I actually have been very inspired and have been working on my anxiety!Five fic but jesussss it is turning out so much longer than I thought it was going to.

I decided for fun that I would give you a little sneak peek of the intro, (even though I probably will change it again before posting). I kind of actually like it.

(in exchange you should message me encouragement to finish this dang thing because I’m almost there aghhhh)

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Personal stuff under the cut! Not sad personal stuff, it’s actually kind of all right.

Just wanting to get some thoughts on things. If you’re a dedicated follower of me and this blog, you might want to read this. 

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Do you have any fic ideas that you really wanted to write that didn't quite work out? Or alternately, is there anything you have an idea about now that you're really looking forward to writing?

Oh man, oh man. I wanted for a really long time to write a sequel to Experimentation. I had some great, great ideas for that. I attempted it, but just couldn’t find a good enough structure to the story. (Considering the original fic, maybe that was for the best.)

Right as I was losing my creativity I know I asked people for a bunch of prompts that I never could finish. I’ve always felt bad about it.

As for an idea I’m excited about, it’s got to be my story about an anxious/depressed Five and so far it’s been going slow but going amazingly. 

This has been a lot of fun ^_^: Ask me a question about my writing!

I really love all of your stuff!! How long have you been writing?
Anonymous

Wow, thank you so much, that’s lovely of you to say!

I’ve actually been writing since like… 3rd grade? Nine years old? My teacher had us write a story in class and I loved it instantly. (I still have a copy of it today! It’s fun to pull out and read.)

My best friend loved to write as well and so we got these little matching notebooks and would write together during recess and lunch. (…Almost all of it was Harry Potter fanfiction.) And it just continued. If I filled up one notebook, I got another. When the stories started getting too long, I switched to computers. I also loved to share them with everyone.

Then dat abusive relationship happened and my boyfriend made fun of my writing so for most of high school I was really ashamed of it and it took a lot out of me to let anyone see. It’s obviously eased up a lot over the past few years, but it’s always in the back of my mind. So now I’m back just doing fanfic and original stuff for a while!

I’ve never been able to taking writing classes or anything so I’m not necessarily good but the process of writing and creativity feels absolutely natural at this point.

Man, that was a long answer for a question that could have been answered in a sentence. (The meme did say to answer it as completely as possible!)

Ask me a question about my writing!

[Fic:] Unfair and Square (Harry Potter AU)

 Our Hogwarts House discussion last night inspired me a little bit and… this drabble was my brain’s result.

No spoilers, but involves some characters introduced in Season 2.

Here goes nothing, lol.

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There is a moment in each fandom where we all have to ask ourselves the most important question of all:

collected-sports-bra:

Which Hogwarts Houses do you think the ZR characters would be in?

Oh man, I hope I’m not the strange off one out of the responses.

Sara: Slytherin, all the way. Janine’s Gryffindor.

SAM IS A HUFFLEPUFF I’M NOT BUDGING ON THIS

I’d say Maxine is Ravenclaw. Evan probably is as well. I’d put both Jamie and Simon in Gryffindor, perhaps surprisingly enough.

Jody’s a Hufflepuff. Major de Santa: Slytherin. Mmmmmm… Archie’s gotta be Ravenclaw.

Owen? Argus Filch no one likes him goodbye

i feel bad because you all followed me expecting some actual content and yet all I can post are pictures of myself what have I come too
but - but - but - but - come on
i did the zombie run
at night
WITH ACTUAL ZOMBIES
IT&#8217;S RELEVANT RIGHT

i feel bad because you all followed me expecting some actual content and yet all I can post are pictures of myself what have I come too

but - but - but - but - come on

i did the zombie run

at night

WITH ACTUAL ZOMBIES

IT’S RELEVANT RIGHT

Runner Five, what are you - Five - you can&#8217;t seriously be taking selfies right now, you&#8217;re on a mission - I - yes, Five, your muscles are very impressive but this is not the time to - no, your sports bra does not give you immunity - stop - do you just not see the extremely creepy messages written in blood behind you or something - Fiveee

Runner Five, what are you - Five - you can’t seriously be taking selfies right now, you’re on a mission - I - yes, Five, your muscles are very impressive but this is not the time to - no, your sports bra does not give you immunity - stop - do you just not see the extremely creepy messages written in blood behind you or something - Fiveee