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Automatically save your activities in Evernote

There are many apps and activity trackers. This picture shows a few:
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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.
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You may sign with Google or Facebook.
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This is the dashboard.
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Search for Strava. Authorize IFTTT if needed.
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Click on My Applets -> New Applet
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A New Applet looks like this.
Click on +this
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Choose a service, Strava.
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Choose a trigger,  New activity by you
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Which activity? Any.
Then click “Create Trigger”. We´re almost there.
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Every time you create a new activity on Strava, IFTTT is going to do what?
Click on +that
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Choose action service, Evernote.
Authorize if needed.
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Choose action, Create a note
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We can customize our future notes, title, info included in the note, notebook, and tags.
IFTTT call all these “ingredients”.

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Click on Create action.
Click Finish and it´s done.
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Every new activity will be saved in the selected notebook.
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Yes, it happened: The interview

Hello, dears!

Finally, I had the interview with the Jordan Marketing Director. She is a charming woman who even showed me the snow, melting,  in Portland.

Only 30 minutes were scheduled but I felt comfortable speaking English, and we were talking more than an hour.  I know I earned the extra time, she didn´t stop typing and asking, digging in my answers. She opened my brain, dissecting my experience inside the Breakfast Club, training habits, expectations, goals, results… but also, personal info, clothing, equipment, purchasing habits, and so on. I had extra questions because I´m Spanish and they focused (and expected) on US athletes.

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The Breakfast Club delivers workouts through Facebook Messenger, and I told her  I had used it years ago to train people, geographically remote. She was pretty interested.

 

 

 

 

 

Like 15 questions later, she asked: “How would you improve the program?”

“Hiring me”, I said.

“So, you would hire yourself to improve it?”, ensuring there was no mistake in translations.

“Yes!”

“OK, actually, that´s a good idea”.  Nodded and typed.

What she wrote intrigues me.

I also suggested:

how to turn the workouts a little more interactive, allowing each trainee to turn them harder or easier. The next version of the Jordan Breakfast Club is expected next fall. If you find this feature there, you´ve read it here first, ha!

Of course, if they call me offering a job, I will tell it!!

Evernote for fitness. Search Tips.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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

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“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.

Evernote for fitness. Web Clipper.

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Hello and welcome to a new lesson of Evernote for fitness. Today is all about the Evernote Web Clipper. It´s available for almost any browser and it´s the easiest way to collect anything from the web.

Once installed, you´ll see the elephant´s head next to the title bar. The browser context menu will also get an Evernote Web Clipper item. To use this option, right-click the mouse while browsing.

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There are 5 modes of saving a note via the web clipper.

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The extension can show the page as it is (“Article”)

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or bring a simplified version (“Simplified Article”).

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You can select texts using the yellowish tool and add tags to your note from the extension menu’s “Organize” section. After saving the note, you can open/share it right away. Setting a reminder is also possible from here.

The “Full Page” option, stores the whole web page on your Evernote account. Later you can edit the contents of these saved pages. The “Bookmark” option saves the URL along with a pic and a short description.

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To annotate a webpage’s contents, the screenshot option can be handy. Take a screenshot using the extension and use its rich set of annotating tools.

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As homework, I encourage you to create your own “Exercise Library” notebook, saving your regular exercises, those in which you want to improve, and the “really hard to perform” too. You never know when you´ll need to review or find inspiration.

Next week, we´ll see how to write and check our daily workout.

Evernote for Fitness 1

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Hello, dears 🙂

I have some news. Exciting news! I´ve sent an application for Evernote´s  Community Leader. (Update: I became an Evernote Community Leader. Read about it, here)

What´s Evernote?

Evernote is a dynamic workspace that boosts your productivity. It´s a cloud note-taking app that makes very easy keeping track of pretty much everything. Here, we´ll focus on how to use Evernote for fitness, keeping track of your workouts, meals, etc.

Traditionally, trainers have encouraged their trainees to keep a training diary. You may use Evernote as a brand new digital version of the training journals.

Since 2014, I´ve been delivering personalized workouts and meal plans to my clients through Evernote. Results have been pretty amazing. I´ll give you some ideas on how you can use Evernote, making of it the best training diary Ever!

Before we start, you need the app, right? Let me briefly explain, there are 4 available versions: Basic(free), Plus, Premium, and Business. Check this

Let me briefly explain, there are 4 available versions: Basic(free), Plus, Premium, and Business. Check this comparison to find which version is right for you. Please, feel free to use

Please, feel free to use my invitation.  If you choose a paid version,  I´ll guide you your first week, and will share refreshing fitness notes with you, for free.

Disclosure: If you use my invitation and get a paid version of Evernote, I´ll get a compensation from Evernote. This is an independent business, and I write about how you can use Evernote for fitness because I want to. 

More post on how to use Evernote for fitness:

Saving your old workouts

Using the Web Clipper

Tracking your workouts

Tags

Search Tips