How do you set up a #group in a Racery virtual challenge?

You’re looking at the Racery.com challenge you’ve just joined and notice that, at the top of the Athletes (or Runners) tab, there’s a list of groups. Clicking each link shows you who else is in that group. You start feeling left out — why doesn’t your division, town, company, state, …

How nudges help motivate virtual race participants

Life is busy, and we’ve all got too many things to remember to do. A tide of to-do lists washes over us daily. It’s hard enough remembering all the things we HAVE to do like… buying milk… or turning out the light… or emptying the dishwasher… or changing the oil. …

We’re hard-wired to be lazy?

No wonder getting motivated to exercise is hard. New research suggests you’re not lazy, you’re just doing what eons of evolution want you to do: conserve energy. Thinking about exercising is literally harder for your brain, the researchers found.    

Use relay teams for your company’s next fitness challenge

We launched Racery back in 2014 to help individuals motivate each other, even when they weren’t exercising in the same physical location. Each person’s daily mileage was logged on a virtual route, and her/his rank was marked on a leaderboard. Later, companies hosting races for their staffers asked us to …

Research shows that virtual races can double exercise rates

As companies seek to promote fitness using monatary rewards and gift cards, a key solution often gets ignored. New research by the University of Pennsylvania shows that simply putting people in a competition can nearly double their workout levels. “Competitive groups frame relationships in terms of goal-setting by the most …