New Microsoft Band social features enable you to reach your fitness goals with healthy competition.

When it comes to Facebook and fitness, the two almost go hand in hand. Your friends motivate you, they challenge you, and you have fun inspiring each other! Microsoft Band & Health’s new Social Challenges and Leaderboards help you get motivated, have fun, share your accomplishments and even take each other on in head to head fitness challenges – all in the name of health.

Challenge your friends and achieve more together

In the Microsoft Health mobile app, connect your Microsoft Health and Facebook accounts to see your friends who also have connected accounts. If someone has not done so, you can invite them right from the app.

With Social Challenges and Leaderboards, create challenges for steps, calories burned, longest run or bike ride between you and your Facebook friends who also have a Microsoft Band. Challenges can be one, three, five or seven days.

To see who deserves the bragging rights, check your friends’ daily activity on Microsoft Health’s Leaderboard to compare your standing and get motivated.

No Microsoft Band? Never fear! You can still compete with each other for steps or calories burned through the Microsoft Health app, on your iOS, Android or Windows Phone.

Friends don’t let friends skip workouts

Social Challenges and Leaderboards is more than a cool new feature – we know exercising with friends has tangible benefits to improving fitness outcomes. We hope the friendly competition will keep you motivated and decrease the chances of hitting that snooze button or missing a workout.

With this new feature, invite a group of friends to partake in the fun. When you’re particularly proud of an awesome workout or a great night’s sleep, remember that you can share your run, bike, or sleep summaries on social media. Friends can review your data in the public dashboard if you choose.

It doesn’t end with one successful challenge, though; the next one is right around the corner. Look for the new Social Challenges and Leaderboards coming your way over the course of the next week. We can’t wait to hear about your accomplishments!

Source: Compete with your Facebook friends using new social features on Microsoft Band | Microsoft Devices Blog