dacadoo updates, Staying motivated

dacadoo updates, Staying motivated

September 4, 2014

dacadoo Diary Week One

Diary - Week One - Credit: Thinkstock/iStock

The dacadoo Diary Week One

I’m not the most patient person when it comes to technology, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy dacadoo is to set up.

It has taken me a while to get into the habit of setting up my smartphone to track my walk to work and remembering to measure the amount of time I actually spend working out in the gym so that I can log it manually into the system. Of course, this would all be easier if I had a Fitbit or other piece of similar technology to do it all automatically, but I don’t.

The one thing that has impressed me about dacadoo is how it has altered my attitude towards my lifestyle choices. Don’t get me wrong, I have always watched what I have eaten and been careful of how many evenings a week I go for a run, but having the dacadoo coach ask you questions really spurs me on to stick to my decisions.

For example, one of the hardest things for me personally is drinking enough water during the day and into the evening. Like many office workers, it’s all too easy to get stuck at your desk typing away and as soon as you look it’s lunchtime and you’ve only managed a couple of mouthfuls of water. However, sinced I signed up to dacadoo, I’ve been consciously setting myself targets so that I drink a certain amount by 10am, lunchtime and so on.

I also find using a system like dacadoo a lot more satisfying when it comes to reaching my health goals. I try and run at least 5km three times a week, which I know isn’t a great deal but it’s a regular amount that I can keep to multiple times a week, as well as working full time, seeing my friends and going to the gym during breaks that I manage to get away from the desk.

For me, I know plenty of people that do much more than this on a regular basis, which can make my 5km feel a bit pathetic. However, using dacadoo means that I unlock certain achievements when I’ve run so much during a month or six-month period.

This has also changed my attitudes towards working out, because doing a little is much better than doing nothing at all.