IF IT'S FREE TO US, THEN WHO ARE WE TO GRIPE ABOUT ANYTHING??? I'M THANKFUL WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE POP -UPS MOST FREE SITES HAVE. THANKS SP FOR ALL YOU DO FOR US!
Fitness Minutes: (22,035)
1,629 12/26/09 7:16 P
I am usually the first (or close to it) to spot a marketing ploy at 100 paces, but I have to admit that I missed this one. I read the info on the Vibrams, but I was really interested because I just read the book Born to Run and it coincided perfectly with this article in SparkPeople. I understand that Spark has to advertise to keep itself running and I certainly think that it is a fine concession in my eyes for use of the wonderful site for free. I agree also though that things like diet pills or other non healthy items would be offensive to me.
Thanks Coach Denise! Im part of the BLC team and we will be encouraging our 500+ Sparkers to use this tool next round (BLC12 starts January 13), and knowing that the YouTube tracking abilities for the Spark videos are successful (and easy) hope this option is available soon with the exercise demos so we an encourager members to track track track - which we know promotes positive results! Thanks in advance to the tech team!
I wasnt sure where to ask this questions -- So redirect me if Im in the wrong area!
Here's my question:
Will there ever be links to click on at Exercise Demos like there are for YouTube Spark videos? It would be helpful to view the demo, do the exercise and have the capability to add the exercise to the Fitness Tracker from the demo. Thanks! And if this answer was posted elsewhere, sorry
I am referring to established trails for the purpose of walking or biking. When I put in my zip code, what came up was located in another county. The two located in my county did not come up and one of them is within 10 miles of where I live.
I'm not sure what you mean. The maps are run through google maps, so any of the information for the map portion comes from there. If you are referring to routes that other members have added, then that is all they have added - you will need to add it on your own if you use a different route. You are not required to share your routes either, so someone may have mapped it out, but not shared it.
Regarding your Fitness Maps: How does one go about helping you improve the accuracy of the information given? Went to the Fitness Maps and there are at least two walking/biking trails closer to me then those given.
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I also don't find Sparkpeople to be commercial. They review commercial health, nutrition, and fitness products on their blog, but I think it's important to review some of these latest and "greatest" products.
Fitness Minutes: (42,232)
3,481 11/22/09 5:14 P
I don't find SparkPeople to be commercial at all. I expect it to advertise health/diet products. I'm relatively new to the sit but I'd found, on my own, many of the products they promote to be very useful.
I also read the blog entry about the five fingers and found it interesting. I didn't really get the sense that the blog was being used as a marketing effort. I liked reading about a new kind of running "shoe".
I hope nobody would be put off if I wrote about how much fun I was having walking with my new Nordic Walking poles. After all, I tried it only after other people told me how much fun it was. Hawking diet pills, on the other hand, that wouldn't be so swell. Until I run across something like that, I'm not going to worry.
I'd be guessing that's the daily spark blog about the five fingers.
I think it's great that Spark took the queries of some members and looked into a product that some members are using, and shared their experiences. It's hardly an ad for the product, it's quite clearly "these are some people's experiences".
I think it's good for Spark to review products the members are interested in, and they did a very even handed job of it.
I have been a member for almost 9 months. I love your site and have recommended it to several people. One of the things I was most impressed with was the quality of the information provided and how your content was not obviously slanted towards your advertisers. Your site has helped me lose 60 lbs. It is extremely user friendly and supports whatever plan I develop for myself.
Unfortunately I have had two recent experiences that were unsettling. First, I always play the trivia for fun and because it actually teaches me things. I was very surprised that you put a question on the trivia page that was simply to promote a product from one of your sponsors. Why? You do such a good job without selling things in your actual content.
The second was a featured blog entry I read today. It was very obviously written by individuals promoting a specific product and not by real members. Again I ask why? This is a really great site and a really great resource and connection for folks working towards a healthier life. I really, really hope that you do not become like all the other "diet sites" that have content developed by sponsors to sell their products and points of view.
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