Bodybook fitness challenges are suitable for all ages and activity levels. Get fit, earn stickers and play your friends – let the games begin!
What’s it all about?
Bodybook is designed to help you get fitter and become more active in a social and supportive environment. From walking the dog to hard-core workouts, you can choose a fitness challenge that’s right for you and track your progress in a fun, engaging and highly social way – without having to count every single rep or calorie. You can invite your friends to play along, setup personal ‘FitRewards’ and earn stickers for inclusion in your personal ‘StickerBook’. These stickers build up to an impressive collection which you can show off in your StickerBook. But there’s a twist – the stickers are programmed to ‘fade away’ over time so you need to revisit older challenges if you want to keep your stickers fresh and clean. Just like fitness, you need to use it or lose it!
If you want to know what’s happening in Bodybook, the feed is the best place to start. You’ll be able to see the latest activity posts, comments, replies and shared media from all Bodybook users. You can like a post, add a reply or paste links to pictures, videos and even Spotify playlists. There’s also a similar feed in your profile just for the activities of you and your friends, plus any challenges you may be following. You can narrow down the content of the feed to just you, you and your friends or everything. If you see something interesting, write a reply, give it a like or add a photo or video – it only works if you join in!
Setting up your account
Once you’ve signed up and landed on your profile you’ll probably want to make things more presentable so that other players can see what you look like and learn more about you. The first thing to do is add your ‘real’ name and a bit about yourself. You can upload some photos and choose the one that’s just right and can be seen in all your challenge and comment posts – smiling is optional but recommended! It’s also useful to enter your country and location as in the future you’ll be able to compare the performance of international players and lots of other useful stuff.
Bodybook is much more fun if you play with friends. Recent research also supports the fact that you’ll be more inclined to stick with a challenge (and get fitter) if you’re doing it with others – not just other players but people cheering you on and liking your comments. You can invite friends not already in Bodybook via email, or search existing Bodybook players and send them a ‘Friend request’. All friend requests have to be confirmed by the other person to confirm the connection. Also, if you change your mind, you can remove a friend from your list. Once connected you’ll be able to see their comments in your feed and filter lists and leaderboards to show just you and your friends – perfect for when you want to confirm bragging rights!
To play a challenge simply go to the challenges area and have a browse. You can filter by the most popular or latest and see some basic information to help you decide. There are challenges for all sorts of activities ranging from cardio to specific exercises such squats, planks and so on. There are also branded challenges where you can earn prizes and discounted goods and services to go with your hard-earned stickers. You can track your best score each time or record what you do in each session to build up a cumulative total. As you progress, you’ll be able to keep track of your personal progress, plus see where you are in relation to other players on the leaderboard and progress board. Don’t forget to post comments and replies to other players, everybody needs a little encouragement! Clicking the Join button adds you into the challenge, ready to start adding your updates. Some challenges are invite only, however, so you’ll need to get the access code from the challenge organiser first. You can view all your current and past challenges under the My Challenges tab in your profile.
Stickers are the record of your achievements in Bodybook – the more you have, the better your book will look! ‘Everybody Wins’ challenges will always present you with a sticker if you finish the target activity in time. Only the players in the top three positions of ‘Best Score’ challenges receive a sticker at the end of the challenge, so you’ll need to be on top form every month if you want to claim yours. Other stickers attached to challenges are created by third parties such as health clubs and sporting goods suppliers and they often have ‘real word’ rewards attached in the form of discounts, vouchers and prize draw entries. Other, more exclusive, stickers are available but we can’t tell you how to win them, you’ll just have to find out!
Everybody needs a carrot, and you know best what will give you the incentive you need. It could be a personal treat or something for your partner or family. You just need to make a note of your reward and your friends and followers will be cheering you along in no time. You can see all the FitRewards you’re currently playing for, and a list of previous rewards, under your FitRewards tab. Go on, you deserve it.
Sharing your triumphs and tribulations is at the heart of the social fitness elements of Bodybook. In the same way that you want others to do well, they’re also rooting for you. Link your Bodybook account to Facebook and/or Twitter and you can then log in with your existing social media user details as well as share your updates and comments with your friends and followers outside of Bodybook. If you want to change your sharing settings you can go to the Sharing tab in your account area to set things up.
Notifications keep you on top of what’s happening in your challenges. You can be notified via email when friends join, leave, progress or finish a challenge. If you want to change which notifications to receive, you can head over to the Notifications tab on your account settings and make your changes.
That’s all for now. See you on the leaderboard!