Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Getting Fit with Facebook

Getting Fit with Facebook - Facebook Fitness
Getting Fit with Facebook

I know what some of you may be thinking right now, "how in the heck can facebook get me fit?" Well, you're not the only one =) I was pretty oblivious to the concept, but after about 4 years of learning the in's and out's of this social network according to health and fitness, I have accomplished more than I've ever thought possible, and to think that Facebook started from a small college dormitory at Harvard University.

So facebook is definitely not a gym, BUT for most people, it's a "connecter" of people. The brilliant online platform brings people together from all over the world.  It doesn't matter if you're from Nepal, or if you workout or not, if you're a Doctor, or a Personal Trainer......facebook has changed the way we communicate and network with each other.

So how does this tie into getting fit? I'm glad you asked, here is how you can GET FIT WITH FACEBOOK:

FITSPIRATION,  "Fitness Inspiration" comes in all shapes, colors and sizes. Most of us, or at least the ones who will admit it, we all follow certain people on Facebook who either motivate or inspire us. I know I have a good handful of people who I follow because they always have some amazing, positive posts. Sometimes when I just don't feel like working out, or I'm having a bad day, these people motivate me to get off my ass up and go to work. Facebook is totally mobile-friendly too, so you can get inspired anywhere! Here's a suggestion that may help you with getting more fitness and positive inspiration.....get rid of the toxic people in your network! You don't need it in your life. The more inspiration you get, it is more likely that you will be motivated to hit the gym, or kill a workout at home.

ACCOUNTABILITY,  This is a big one! We all know that if we don't have anyone to keep us accountable to our health and fitness goals, then eventually we will fall off the wagon, I've been there! Facebook has many fitness support groups specific to certain areas such as: Crossfit, Obstacle Racing, P90X, Paleo, Yoga, Clean Eating...you name it, there is an accountability group out there. The cool thing about this is that, it's all FREE! If you are not into accountability groups, then I would highly recommend that you simply choose an accountability partner from your network. This person should know exactly what your goals are, and you should know his/hers too. It's all about supporting each other 100%. The idea is to stay connected and post messages to each others timelines or direct messages every week to make sure that each of you are staying on point to your fitness goals. Set some workout days together (online or offline workouts), trade clean eating recipes, and maybe start a challenge together!

-  CHALLENGE GROUPS,  This is not just about accountability, it's more about challenges and real results. Facebook Challenge Groups gives you an opportunity to meet other people who have similar interests as you. Fitness Challenge Groups are all the rage right now on Facebook. No gym, no worries. A Fitness Challenge Group can give you the same camaraderie, motivation, and of course accountability that you can find in any gym environment. There are video chats, and even online workouts! I know that when I did P90X for the first time, I would not have been able to stay motivated if I didn't have an online challenge group of people motivating me and keeping me on point. Unlike some free accountability groups, the challenge groups sometimes require a small investment. Regardless, the challenge is real, and it is set up to get you the best results possible because of the amount of commitment that is there versus a group that is just free. Whenever there is money on the line, that's when people take their health and fitness a lot more seriously.

One of my current Online Challenge Groups on Facebook
Getting Fit with Facebook - Facebook Fitness

CONNECTIVITY,  Facebook is all about networking and staying in touch. Connecting with people is as easy as saying, "hey, are you on Facebook, let's connect!". I've done this many times! It doesn't matter if you are at your kids soccer game, a obstacle race, the gym, or traveling....facebook is there to help you stay connected with the people that you meet. So the next time you meet someone who inspires you, motivates you, and is just a downright positive person, then I highly recommend that you connect with that person on Facebook, because the more positive you have in your life, the better your life will be, and that is important to get the motivation that you need to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.

INTEGRATED APPS, There are a lot of fitness apps out there that you can integrate with Facebook such as Nike Run, Runkeeper, and more. The cool thing about these apps is that when you synch it with Facebook, your friends can LIKE it, and depending on the app, it will motivate you with notifications such as clap or hoorah while you are running or training. Just another way Facebook can get you fitness motivated, and inspired to keep going.

So there you have it! Facebook is not just for gossip, drama, and non-productivity. Facebook can be used to your benefit and can really help with your health and fitness goals, it's all about connecting with the right people. Interested in joining one of my Online Fitness Challenge groups? Message me, and I'll be happy help you.

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