Can Social Media Motivate you to Exercise?

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How to motivate you to move your body in order to get fit, stay healthy, and stop chowing down on an unhealthy amount of resources?

Let’s face it, that energy-sapping treadmill (yes, even if it’s never used… but still plugged into the wall!) in the corner is not motivating you to workout. Nor is that ridiculously expensive gym card (the one that supports the insane electric bill and non-green equipment at the gym) that dangles from your key chain. And now that getting “a bikini-ready body” is no longer a goal, what is going to motivate you enough to get your butt in gear and shed some fat? Technology. Social media.

You’re on your computer all day long… including right now. May as well put it to work (beyond your workload) and help you burn off another load (that which resides on your backside). Here are 3 social media forms that can help motivate you to move. Opt for low-impact exercises like yoga and good old fashioned running for the ultimate  workout.

1. Facebook

It has become a space where millions exchange ideas, offer tips, and give insight into their lives in a safe, non-invasive way. When it comes to motivating you to work out, Facebook is a great way to never feel alone, no matter what fitness or diet hardship is sapping your exercise enthusiasm. And for you yogis out there, as you know, yoga is just about the greenest exercise out there (especially if you use an eco mat, or none at all), and Facebook is full of yoga motivating pages like this one: Yoga Journal Pose of the Day, delivering three yoga poses to your inbox daily based on your experience level and interests.

2. Twitter

Motivational tips and mantras are easily expressed and accessed on Twitter. Similar to Facebook, but in smaller doses, the little blips of information can provide you with the perfect ounce size insight or push to help you continue to plow ahead with your fitness lifestyle. It’s a place where anonymous people share their own triumphs and struggles, reassuring you that you’re not alone, whatever you’re going through, someone else has too. It’s also a great tool for you to update your short terms goals and report on your ups and downs, knowing that someone out there is listening and supporting your success. When it comes to yoga, pretty much every studio has updates but men love the tips from Men With Yoga Mats, and we love the tweets about the streaming yoga classes from Yoga Glo in Santa Monica where you can choose to go in and move in person, or move along from anywhere through the streaming classes online. Talk about techno yoga!

3. Youtube

Yes, YouTube is a great place for passive entertainment. But it’s also a place where everyday people post video blogs about their own personal fitness struggles, in addition to self-made exercise videos showcasing what worked for them. The videos are raw, but they are also real. They expose a very human side, one where barriers are broken down and honesty is paramount because for some reason people seem to feel that they can express their true selves on camera, and you get to benefit from it.

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4 thoughts on “Can Social Media Motivate you to Exercise?

  1. I like using Youtube to find workout videos and fitness advice! I subscribe to my favourite Youtubers and look forward to their videos every week.

  2. I love how easy it is for me to post exercise ideas on social media. This helps me keep my clients close and full of motivation and ideas and also help those that may not be in a position to have a private trainer or go to classes. I am a firm believer that when you surround yourself by the things you want in life and start living that life it helps you get their so much faster… social media is such a great and even fun way to do this!

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