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Because of our positive experience with our last month challenge, we decided to pick up on a new activity and try to learn a language during lockdown so we spend our time on something productive.

Abbie Chang decided to pick up Dutch and has been on an (insane) 30 Day streak.

Absolutely impossible to keep up with, good thing we didn’t turn it into a competition as I would have been hopeless.

I’m on a 24 day streak and I’m really enjoying it!

The app is really engaging and classes are short (1-5 minutes). So it’s really easy to just get a little class in here and there.

The gamification parts are very effective too (in my case at least). getting points, having the ability to get “double points”, and receiving notifications of your friends’ achievements, does really help motivate you. And to be honest, it doesn’t feel like work at all. In terms of effectiveness, we’re both starting to recognize words when we’re on the phone with our families back home. It’s really nice getting the surprised reactions to what we’ve learned and even cooler is that it inspired my mom to give it a try too. the only downside is the constant reminders these last days saying “Karin has passed you, what are you going to do about it?”

But I’m sure that causes a smile on her face at least 😉

More updates including screenshots and hopefully a tiny monologue

Pacer App lets you explore some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes in the world from the comfort of your own home, gym or local area. You even get a cool medal for completing your hike!

In my previous post I highlighted the Purpose and Goals, in this follow up I’ll talk more about the following.

  • User friendliness
  • Repeat value (Yes/No)
  • What to know before you start

User Friendliness

The Pacer app itself is really easy to use , simply download and go. Once you’re in the app’s main screen you can navigate to your current or new challenge in the “explore” tab. If you have purchased a Virtual challenge like I did through the website you will receive a code to enter (see middle picture) but it’s also possible to simply browse through the app and chose your adventure there.

once you’re set up, you are good to go! Any steps you’re taking along the day will add up to your score and every time you have walked enough to reach a check point, you’ll receive a notification with photo’s and some cool information about the area you’ve now “discovered”.

I MADE IT!

After completing all checkpoints within the time-limit (7 days for this challenge) you will receive both an certificate AND a medal!

These are both included in the price of the challenge (29.99$) and shipping is also included. I just received notice that my medal is on the way so let’s see how long it takes.

I made it!!

Repeat Value Yes/NO

Yes. Both the challenge and the App itself are good value for money and I have already seen some other walks that I find interesting enough to try. It will be more fun to do it with a group so I’ll try to gather some friends for a my next virtual hike!

What I would have liked to know before hand is that the app tracks ALL steps, and allows manual input for anything it doesn’t register.

On a treadmill, for example, the app will not pick up your steps so you’ll have to put them in manually.

Along with my usual steps each day, this amount was far too easy. Time for a longer walk next time!!