This App Is like a Fitness Tracking Tamagotchi
We can’t believe it’s already March! It feels like we were writing down our “exercise more” resolutions just yesterday. Speaking of exercising more… yeah, about that. If you’ve become unmotivated or just tied up with work, we found the perfect solution. It’s an adorable fitness app called Tep that’ll get us all back on track.
Tep is a virtual pet that heavily relies on your well being to survive. As long as you’re staying active, playing sports and/or doing yoga, your virtual pet will be just as healthy as you are. On top of recording calories burned, distance and average pace, you can earn points by exercising regularly. These points can be used to buy food and accessories for your pet. It’s kind of like a Tamagotchi (where the ‘90s kids at?). And just as you created that inseparable bond between you and your first pixelate Tamagotchi, you will also grow more attached to your Tep pet. This is exactly what the Tep developers want. They know that once you establish a bond with your pet, you’re more likely to keep exercising. Because, at that point, it’s more than just exercising for your own health — sneaky, sneaky, but it works!
Tep was created at a Hackathon competition and has been gaining improvements since May 2013. Now, the app is in its beta phase on iOS, Android and Windows devices. If you want to be one of their testers, all you gotta do is send them your email address via their website.
Would Tep motivate you to exercise? What gets you moving?
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!