Were you affected by “Snowmageddon 2016” like we were here in North Carolina? It started on Friday and we received a lot of sleet plus a few inches of snow, and the roads were terrible. They still aren’t totally clear yet by my house.
A snow day on a Friday is not a bad thing in my book, but, the weather did cause many cancellations. One of them was something I was really looking forward to — the Piedmont Triad Health & Fitness Expo, where I was scheduled to present on Saturday.
Since the roads were too bad to go anywhere, I decided to make the best of it and to try something different. Instead of presenting at the Expo on how to stick with exercising, I took it online instead — and did my first live chat on Periscope, on this topic. It was so much fun!
Periscope is a free, live video broadcasting app for your phone and is owned by Twitter. I am still learning it and figuring out how best to do chats and set up the technology on my iPhone (as soon as I hit “record,” the lighting became screwed up, for some reason!), but I’m happy with it for my first time. I loved the interactivity of it and being able to chat with people from all over the country and world, in real time.
One limitation of Periscope is that the videos expire after 24 hours. You can record the video to your phone, which I did. However, it only records yourself and not the notifications, chat texts and hearts that pop up on the screen from your audience while you’re broadcasting in the app.
I’ve posted the video of the chat, below. I tried to remember to repeat the question or comment received so that it would be somewhat easier to follow along later.
Have you tried this app? What do you think of Periscope? If you haven’t yet tried it, I hope you will, and please follow me at https://www.periscope.tv/MRhealthyliving. I look forward to doing more “scopes” and would love to connect with you!
On a related note, here is something REALLY handy I found for doing Periscope or any other videography or photography with your smartphone — an adapter that holds your phone on a tripod. Yay — no more shaky video! The one I got from Amazon was recommended to me by a professional, and I’m SO happy I ordered it. Be sure to get THIS one, and not some of the others on there, because this one will hold your phone whether it’s upright or on its side. With Periscope, your phone must be in the upright position (portrait orientation, not landscape) and not all adapters rotate like that.
Aside from having fun with Periscope and the snow, I’ve been busy with work and also with studying for my ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification. I’m learning a lot, and really enjoying it.
Were you affected by the east coast storm? How much did you get at your house, and did it curb your fitness plans or other activities? Please share in the comments!
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