When we created Walkadoo, our mission was simple: to make people healthier and happier by encouraging them to move around a bit more each day.
To make this happen, we knew our first goal would be to create an engaging experience – one that would capture your attention and hold it for a long time. The next goal would be to focus on new ways that Walkadoo could help its members continue to take more steps.
A few months ago, we looked at the data we’d collected from all of our Walkadoo members. We found that the vast majority of people weren’t increasing their activity in meaningful amounts. We began scouring available research on the subject to see what had and hadn’t worked in similar situations.
Next, we took the information we found and added some of our own Walkadoo science to it! As a result, you’ve probably noticed these changes in your Walkadoo experience:
- Walkadoo now adjusts much more quickly to your personal activity level. In the past, it could take several weeks for your step goals to change. Now it will take just a few days.
- Staying consistent in your movement day-to-day is important, and your new step goals emphasize that. If you walk a lot one day, it doesn’t mean you should take the next couple of days off. Consistency is the key to building a healthy habit.
- If you don’t hit your step goal, that shouldn’t be considered a failure. To that end, we’ll be getting rid of the X symbol on your dashboard that indicates that you didn’t complete your card. You will see the X symbol on the days you forget to wear your device, but as long as you walk at least 100 steps on a given day, we’ll show you a progress bar. What we really want is for you to try, and to not beat yourself up if you don’t hit your goal for the day! The most important thing is that you wear your device regularly – whether it’s a FitLinxx Pebble, Fitbit, the Moves app for iPhone, or Jawbone – and take a shot at achieving your goal for the day.
After we implemented the new system for assigning step goals, we immediately got some feedback from many of you that the goals jumped a little too much. We have since adjusted the system to make the goals much more manageable.
We’re certainly not done making changes yet, and we will continue to try and make Walkadoo as awesome as we can. As always, send us an email at email@example.com to let us know how your Walkadoo experience is going, if you need some help, or if you just want to say hi!