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Fitness and Health Gadgets: Tracking your Life

Track and Earn with Earndit and Plus3

If you’re already tracking yourself with something more accurate than the Switch2Health bracelet, you don’t have to miss out on rewards. Sign up for the Earndit site and you can use the activities you track with your Fitbit, Garmin GPS and Nike+ devices or using the RunKeeper or EveryTrail apps - or even Foursquare check-ins – to earn points.

For example, walking 5,615 steps as measured by the Fitbit and managing ten minutes being very active, 57 minutes being fairly active and 44 minutes being lightly active in one day earned 13 points. And points mean rewards, in much the same way they do on the Switch2health site; there are even some of the same rewards like $20 off Peeled Health snacks for 300 points, or for 500 points you can get a $50 Bonobos gift card.

Get an extra incentive; turn your Fitbit stats into coupons with Earndit.

Get an extra incentive; turn your Fitbit stats into coupons with Earndit.

Earndit makes it easy to sign up – you can use Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live and several other services you’re already probably set up with – and once you authorize the apps and devices you use to share their data with your Earndit account points show up as soon as your activities are synced to the original services.

How much of an incentive Earndit turns out to be depends on the rewards continuing to appeal to you, but if your willpower isn’t enough to keep you taking the stairs at work the thought of saving money might.

Donate by walking instead of giving money; sponsored donations for activity with Plus 3 Network.

Donate by walking instead of giving money; sponsored donations for activity with Plus 3 Network.

If you’d rather do some good with your activities, check out the Plus 3 social network; you can only upload GPS data from a Garmin device but you can enter a wide range of activities – from chores to climbing – by hand. Pick a cause to support – like the Red Cross - and the sponsor supporting that cause will donate to them based on your activities. The amounts are usually small; a session of rock climbing earns 50 points of ‘kudos’ which translates into 6c for the red cross or 10c for the Nevada Cancer Network – but again, it’s an incentive to keep active and to keep tracking your activities.