Thanks to the easy access to trails, climbing spots, slopes and bike paths, Boulder is, by its own nature, a great place to live for people who like to be active. But not everybody is into the outdoorsy world, and we're not all as hardcore as the Olympians and ultrarunners in our midst.
For those of us who like being active but don't really fit in with the local scene — or who don't even know where to start — tech has started to have your back. Check out these awesome apps, blogs and social media users helping people work on their fitness while finding their niche.
MyFitnessPal is a wildly popular app for Android, iOS and web. Its focus is primarily calorie-tracking for weight loss, but it has lots to offer even if weight loss isn't your goal. You can access a mind-blowingly large database of nutritional information and exercise stats, link it to everything from your FitBit to MapMyRide, and connect with friends who use the app to support each other. If you are looking to lose weight, it'll measure out how many calories you should consume each day and help you track them as you go. Info: Myfitnesspal.com.
Amazingly enough, Instagram has more to offer than just cliché dog and food pictures. It's also home to a pretty solid yoga community. Many users post tutorials and challenges, and some of the challenges are sponsored, meaning you can win some pretty cool stuff by posting your poses. @humblebeginningsyoga is a great user to start with: many of her photos feature some awesome Colorado Springs scenery, and some of them actually do have dogs and food in them.
A soon-to-exist app called BeneFit aims to help you track your workouts and give you an opportunity to support various causes. And unlike other fitness motivator programs, your donation doesn't come through a "punishment" you pay for — it comes as a reward through corporate backers and sponsors, meaning you don't pay a thing. BeneFit is a project out of Startup Weekend New Orleans and is currently raising its first round through Ramen, a Boulder-based startup crowdfunding platform. Info: Benefitapp.com
The Fitness subreddit (reddit.com/r/fitness) has become a well-curated forum for resources, including discussions, workout routines and recommendations for other subreddits. If you've never used Reddit before, make sure you read the sidebar on the right — it will provide tips on getting started and direct you to the best places where you can meet your goals.
Whether you want to lose weight, "get swole" or just do something nice for yourself, these nerdy fitness resources can help you find your place in the workout world.
Jess Ryan is a community manager and CU grad. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan.