Category Archives: Evernote for Fitness

My lower back routine

Sitting for long periods can definitely cause lower back pain or worsen an existing back problem. The main reason behind this is that sitting is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.

I have an old injury and over the years I´ve been trying and adjusting exercises to relief my back pain. This is an easy and quick routine that never fails. It takes 5 minutes and you need no equipment.

I do this routine almost every day, some days twice, after two or three hours in front of the screen. I bet most of you sit for longer than I do, so I think you should save this routine and perform it regularly.

Taking a little time during the day to stretch and relax has an extra benefit: your productivity will increase when you feel your body free of stress. Think about it this way, you take a break when you finish a task to do the next even better. Read more about movement and productivity on Forbes, these guys really care about productivity, right?

Take your lower back seriously and start stretching, often. Remember that stretches should never be forced or cause any pain.

Click on exercise´s name to watch the video. Also, a description on how to perform each exercise is just below the image. Here´s a screenshot.

Lower back routine

Get the full note, free, HERE.

To get the most out of it, I recommend you to create an Evernote account, in case you haven´t done it yet. Please, use my referral link, no extra cost for you, and extra support for me 🙂

Automatically save your activities in Evernote

There are many apps and activity trackers. This picture shows a few:
ifttt fitness services
Even when every app saves your activities, I could think a couple of reasons you should save them in Evernote too.
I have used Withings, Nike+, MapMyWalk, and Strava. In theory, if I want to check my progress, I have to enter every account, and that´s a mess.
I´ve saved all my workouts and activities in Evernote so I have all of them in one place, which saves me a lot of time. Plus, I can edit these notes and add any additional info I want, tags, etc.
Maybe the best part is you don´t need to save your workouts manually. Integration apps like IFTTT or Zapier do it for you, connecting your favorite apps and saving you a valuable time.
As an example, today we´re going to connect Strava to Evernote and Strava and save any new activity.
First, go to ifttt.com and get started.
ifttt 1
You may sign with Google or Facebook.
ifttt 2
This is the dashboard.
ifttt 3
Search for Strava. Authorize IFTTT if needed.
ifttt 4
Click on My Applets -> New Applet
ifttt 5
A New Applet looks like this.
Click on +this
ifttt 6
Choose a service, Strava.
ifttt 7
Choose a trigger,  New activity by you
ifttt 8
Which activity? Any.
Then click “Create Trigger”. We´re almost there.
ifttt 9
Every time you create a new activity on Strava, IFTTT is going to do what?
Click on +that
ifttt 10
Choose action service, Evernote.
Authorize if needed.
ifttt 11
Choose action, Create a note
ifttt 12
We can customize our future notes, title, info included in the note, notebook, and tags.
IFTTT call all these “ingredients”.

ifttt 13

Click on Create action.
Click Finish and it´s done.
ifttt 14
Every new activity will be saved in the selected notebook.
*This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to purchase a product, I may get a commission.

Evernote Community Leader

Hellooo, beautiful people!

Huge Breaking News! I´ve received an email this morning. It begins:

“Thank you so much for participating in the Evernote Community Leader training. I really appreciate you working through the exercises and for your patience as we’ve been reviewing everyone’s exercises!

So… here’s where we get to the most important part of the program – your results. The Evernote team has spent time reviewing your final exercise, and I’m happy to say that you’re now an Evernote Community Leader – officially!…”

[…]”

What is Evernote? It´s a productivity tool which helps you meet your professional and personal goals. People around the world use Evernote for education, research, project planning, small business, personal organization, and of course, blogging. A few years ago, I saw a great potential on Evernote for fitness, and I started to work on it. Today, I understand this app is practically limitless, and I´m proud to say I can teach anyone how to use Evernote for fitness. This also means other trainers, clubs, gyms…

Chape´s method is about to change the fitness industry! Do you imagine sharing a digital notebook with your trainer/client where you both what´s done, what´s not, workouts, meals, articles and research papers, reports from other apps, always at hand? Yes, heaven on earth.

But this post is just to let you know that we´re going to talk much more about how to use Evernote for fitness. As you imagine, this designation comes with some extra work, redesigning a little bit the website, writing new content, developing new services and some other things I´m sure I´ll find out I need to do in the process. So, I´m going to take a break from posting exercises until I have these new tasks done. I´ll keep posting the daily quote because I have a personal goal in mind, two years of daily quotes. The first years was easy, and I think I can´t find quotes for three. I´ll be good with two, and I hope you too 🙂

 Speaking of quotes, do you want to know which is my very favorite?

“The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning

I know I should say have a great day but, I´m so joyful right now, I have to wish you a great decade ahead, it´s how I really feel it.

Big hugs!!

 

Jordan´s Breakfast Club Notebook

Hello dears!

I have an exclusive workout for you today. As you know,  I´m a proud member of Jordan´s Breakfast Club. Last December, I had an interview with the Jordan Marketing Director to give them feedback. She told me that new version would be available next autum, but I received it on February!

Club´s workouts are delivered via Facebook Messenger. I have used Facebook for training before, but I like Evernote better. So, I copied every message and workout as a note, adding my own little extras.

Jordan Club Notebook

The notebook with all the workouts is public and you can find it here. No downloads or info required.

I think between Facebook and Evernote´s version is you can easily record your times, reps, etc. Then you can easily access this info anytime. Facebook messenger is not the best to do these things, or that´s my opinion.

Also, you can easily contact me if you need help or support 😉

If you want to improve your stamina, quickness, and strength, this is your workout.

If you desire an exclusive world class workout, this is it!

If you Love basketball and want to train like a Pro, what are you waiting for?

If none of the above, I would love your opinion anyway 🙂 Visit the notebook and let me know what you think 😉

Evernote for fitness. Search Tips.

evernote-for-fitness

Hello, dears!

We´ve seen how to get your data into Evernote but, how do you find your notes when you need them? Evernote provides a set of tools for finding almost anything, easily and on-demand.

If you don´t have a lot of notes, the first and easiest way to find your notes is by clicking on a notebook or tag in the left side panel and visually scan the notes.

search-1

This is probably the least advanced method there is, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If you know exactly where you want to go, and have organized your notes effectively, simply going to the notebook or tag that the note is categorized by is a great option. As you add more notes, it becomes increasingly difficult.

Next option is the search box. It´s where all the magic happens.

search-2

It works the same way like a search engine, start typing whatever you’re looking for and Evernote will begin narrowing down the results in real time.

If you click on a notebook or tag first, Evernote will limit the search results to those within that notebook or tag group. Also, the search automatically filters out common words like “a”, “and”, “the”, “these”, as well as others,by default. The default method will only display notes containing every word in your search query, but not necessarily in the same order as they are in the search box.

Every note that you create within Evernote has a lot of properties related to it such as what media attachments are included in the note, how it was uploaded and when it was created.

Below are a few of the search operators you can use to narrow down your search:

tag: this operator can be used to find notes with specific tags.

-tag: will search for notes excluding that specific tag.

any: this operator can be used to make a difference between “and” and “or” when you perform a search with two or more words. For example, if you search for pasta recipes the results will be notes that contain only the words: pasta recipes. However, if you add the any operator before pasta recipes (any: pasta recipes) the results will be notes containing pasta OR recipes.

notebook: this operator will specify the search to a specific notebook.

intitle: this operator will search for the specified words in the titles of your notes.

source: this allows you to search via the source you added the note. source:mobile will show you all notes that were created using Evernote on a mobile application.

created: this allows you to search for notes created over a specific time period. created:20140816, searches for all notes created on August 16, 2014.

updated: Searches for notes updated on or after the date specified. If a note hasn’t been updated since the date it was created, the ‘updated’ date will be the same as the ‘created’ date. updated:20140626, searches for all notes updated on June 26, 2014.

todo: Searches for notes containing one or more checkboxes. todo:true, surfaces all notes that contain a checkbox that is checked. todo:false, surfaces all notes that contain a checkbox that is not checked. todo:*, surfaces notes that contain a checkbox, if it’s checked or not.

encryption: Searches for notes that include text that has been encrypted with Evernote’s built-in encryption system.

latitude: longitude: altitude: Searches for notes that were created at or near the specified coordinates.

Use the + or – to include or exclude certain words. Example: weightloss -diet +exercise  will display all notes with the words weightloss and exercise, but not diet. Note that these also work with other search operators, such as tag.

The asterisk can be put at the end of anything and will give you the results of the search term before it. For instance, if you can remember how to spell an exercise, but remember part of it, type what you can remember and add the * at the end, Evernote will take care of the rest. This is especially helpful in cases where you’re searching for the base word, but want to include other variations of it, like plural forms.

You might already use quotations to get an exact phrase. However, you only need one quotation (“) at the beginning of your phase.

You can combine search operators to improve and narrow results. Using the Boolean techniques in combination with search operators is yet another way to improve results.

Eventually,  you can create a “Saved Search” and re-use it whenever you need it. To do this, just construct the search and select File | New Saved Search. Name your search in the first field (this is solely for your use, so name it whatever you feel will make it easy to recognize). To see your saved search, just clear the search bar and click on it. A list of recent and saved searches will appear.

Hope you enjoy your searching!

 

Evernote for Fitness. Tags.

evernote-for-fitness

Hello and welcome!

This time we´re going to see how to use tags instead notebooks to organize your notes. Organizing is a very personal thing and you have to find which way works better for you.

These are some differences between notebooks and tags you should know:

  • Notebooks are limited to 250 per personal account, but you can have up to 100,000 tags per account.
  • A note can only exist in one Notebook at a time, but a note can have multiple tags.
  • Notebooks can be stacked but not nested. In essence, this means you can only create a hierarchy that is one level deep: a stack with a group of notebooks. In the other hand, tags can be nested into multiple hierarchies.

Applied to your fitness notes, you have at least two options to organize them:

  1. Create multiple notebooks for different topics: Exercises, Recipes, Tips, Motivation, My workout, etc.
  2. Create a single notebook to store all your fitness notes. Instead of placing a note into a specific notebook, create a tag and assign that tag to the note. For example, instead of a notebook called “My workout” create a tag of that name and assign it to all of the notes. The advantage is that you can add other tags as well, like “Weightloss”.

Here is how you can quickly add a tag to notes in Evernote:

  1. Open the note you wish to tag.
  2. Open the tags editor.
  3. Type to add your tags. Tag suggestions based on previous tags in Evernote will appear as you type.
  4. Press Return to add a tag
  5. To delete a tag, backspace over the tag text.

Tags can be nested into hierarchies according to whatever makes sense for you. Keep in mind that they will display alphabetically, so you can use symbols like periods, hashtags, or numbers to force your tags into the order you want.

My hope is that you’ve learned a few tricks from this article which will help you use Evernote to its full potential.

Next week, we´ll see how to find your data in Evernote.

 

Evernote for Fitness. Tracking your current workout.

evernote-for-fitness

Hello, wonderful people.

No matter what is your workout right now, Evernote allows you to custom every note to your needs.

Create a new notebook for your current workout. Then, create a new note for today (Tip: Include today´s date in the title so it´ll be easier to find later). And make sure to enter any information you need/want to know. For example, today is your first day and you may want to take a selfie to review your progress a month from now. Just take the picture and add it to your new note, as we´ve learned.

selfie

I encourage you to explore the toolbar and find what fits better with you and your workouts: tables, checkbox, etc.

For this example, I would like to try something tough, a giant drop set. Four, actually. Have you ever been able to log a giant drop set in any other app? Me neither.

workout1

Drawing a few tables, it´s possible in Evernote. And after each set, I can easily record how much I´ve just lifted. Also, adding any comment on the go is really easy.

If this is not enough for you, enrich your workout with links and take it to a new level. Let´s say you´ve done your homework and you´ve saved some new exercises you want to include in your routine. In this case, lateral raises. Right-click on the note where the description is at, and select “Copy Note Link”.

workout2

Go back to your workout note, select exercise´s name and press “Ctrl + K” to open a dialog box like this.

workout3

“Ctrl + V” to paste the address and then, ok. Video and description one click away, keeping our workout note clean.

That´s all for today. Next week, tags.