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Routine combines time blocking tools with accessible workout plans to empower working professionals to achieve their fitness goals.

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4 weeks

Design team of two - Research, UX Design, Interaction Design, Prototyping

Health & Wellness

Background

Working toward better health - one rep at a time.

Serving as a social force multiplier, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF) seeks to empower communities of Greater Melbourne to withstand major heath and social challenges.

Committed to funding projects that meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being), our brief was to find a solution that met both the User and Business goals - achieving a healthier lifestyle and generating business opportunities through collaboration in Greater Melbourne respectively.

With a focus on the working professionals between the ages of 25-50, the LMCF sought to increase the active minutes and workouts per week of this group as a starting point.

Hypothesis & Research

So, what's the problem?

Why were working professionals in Melbourne struggling to work out consistently?

  • Unpredictable Work Schedules

Last minute meetings, extended deadlines or expanding workloads usually caused longer hours and more mental stress, making working professionals less likely to exercise during their workday. 

  • Compounding Cycle

Missing a workout generally led to feelings of disappointment, frustration and a sense of failure, causing more missed workouts. This created a self repeating cycle.

  • Overall Wellbeing = Physical Health + Mental Wellness

Having no little form of physical activity outside of work generally led to increased levels of mental stress and could lead to a deterioration of overall wellbeing. ​

Existing User Journey Map - when user is able to exercise

Existing User Journey Map - when user unable to exercise

Key Takeaways (Quantitative):
 

  • 70% of the participants had some kind of existing exercise routine

  • 60% either prefer or have to workout during weekdays

  • 90% said unpredictable work schedules caused them to miss workouts

  • 70% expressed a desire to workout more often but found inconsistent work schedules to be a major barrier

  • 80% are happy to financially invest in maintaining an active lifestyle


Key Takeaways (Qualitative):
 

  • Overall physical well-being, the pursuit of fitness level goals and its effect on mental well-being were major motivating factors for participants

  • Statistics/health trends tracking were noted as positive reinforcements and motivation generators for participant

  • Social factors and groups (group classes, expectations and close friends/partners) also being into exercising increased workout motivation for participants


Insight:
Unpredictable and inconsistent work schedules displace the daily routine of working professionals, making it difficult to find additional free time within the day to exercise.

Research
Ideation

What were goals of our users?

We established How Might We (HMW) statements to create tangible goals to work towards:
 

  • How might we enable working professionals to overcome unpredictable work schedules and meet their goal of exercising as planned?

       Allocate workouts into digestible and adaptable time period “blocks” that can be easily re-ordered within the day
 

  • How might we empower working professionals to prioritise exercise despite their time poor lifestyle?

       Provide incentives and social factors to reduce barriers to exercise and promote triggers
 

  • How might we enable working professionals to determine if they have time in their day to exercise?

       Create a simple and easy way to visualise and organise their day at a glance

Ideation - Crazy 8 Examples

Ideation - UI Elements Exploration

Design

Organise the day and plan your workouts at a glance

Having generated ideas, we proceeded to develop a low fidelity wireframe for initial user testing.

Low Fidelity Prototyping

Creating a Design System

Through the early establishment of a component library, we were able to maintain a consistent design language across all stages of prototyping, while improving the speed and efficiency of iterations moving forward.

Component Library Version A

Extracting a style guide

Progressing from the initial wireframes, looked to establish a coherent style with the LMCF. We analysed existing elements for branding of LMCF components and webpages to generate a consistent design language. 

Progressing from the initial wireframes, looked to establish a coherent style with the LMCF. We analysed existing elements for branding of LMCF components and webpages to generate a consistent design language. 

Elements Analysed from LMCF Branding

Keeping with a familiar colour pallete and graphic sensibility with the foundation allowed for our solution to draw from the provenance of the foundation and impact the LMCF had existing in Victoria.

Usability Testing

Having concluded a round of usability testing, we proceeded to develop a high fidelity prototype incorporating the valuable insights Users had provided in the process.

Home Dashboard - "The Timewheel"

The design intent :

  • Simple and intuitive interface for quick overview of your day

  • Clock face graphic to leverage mental models

What testing revealed :

  • It was ambiguous - it was not easy to understand

  • Interaction on the dashboard was not obvious

1

Visually breaking down segments into 30 min intervals to reduce cognitive load.

2

Visual prompt to interact with workout time on dial.

3

Providing more useful ‘glanceable’ information, helps our time poor users to save time.

“ I didn’t really think I could turn the dial or drag the blocks”

“Dashboard was confusing - it doesn’t look like a clock to me”

4

Familiar hour markers to relate to existing mental models of a clock.

Personal Statistics Dashboard

The design intent :

  • Easily and effectively track fitness progress

  • Provide glanceable trend tracking

What testing revealed :

  • Statistics lacked depth - calories were only one aspect, users wanted more metrics

  • Integration of fitness tracker statistics would provide a one -stop cohesive fitness solution

1

Synced metrics puts all fitness monitoring data into one place.

2

In depth statistics to give time poor users disgestable sized snippets of their progress.

“ I'm not really interested in only calories, what about how far I walk to work everyday?”

“I've integrated S health, why can't I see those stats here?”

3

Text identifying fitness progress makes long term monitoring of fitness data more accessible.

Group Workout Challenges

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