Social media is not just a fun way to stay in touch with your family and friends. It’s also a valuable tool and resource for staying accountable to your health and fitness goals. Let’s put our love for social media to good use with these tips and tools on how social media can actually help you stay on track with your fitness goals and keep you headed down the right path on your journey.
1. Announce it to the world.
When you share your goals with the world of social media, you are far less likely to stop or give up on what you are doing. Knowing that you've shared a goal online holds you accountable for actually following through with that goal and seeing the finish line. Be vulnerable and share your goals with your social media pals. Let them know you are scared or nervous—or even excited—and that you need their support to get through this. Why not invite them to join in with you?! Life is more fun with friends.
2. Participate in hashtag campaigns.
Instagram especially is a great place to participate in fun hashtag campaigns like #motivationmonday, #transformationtuesday, #workoutwednesday #throwbackthursday, #flexfriday, and #staturday. This can allow you to share motivation or look at other people’s motivation to help keep you going. This is also is a nice way to track your progress beyond the scale as you begin to see yourself transform in the pictures you are sharing.
3. Create Pinterest boards.
Pinterest is like the modern day magazine, so use Pinterest as a way to search for healthy recipes, meal prep ideas, workout inspiration, and much more. You can also create your own boards to share what you are finding, what you are loving, and what is working for you. It's a great way to collect and keep things organized.
4. Find a group.
Groups on Facebook are a great way to find other like-minded individuals and motivate each other. You can search based on specific interests, such as running or dance, or even search by the area where you live. Or you can start your own group as a way to gather some friends and stay motivated. Do daily check-ins, share favorite recipes, or even complain about how your workout was that day!
5. If you don’t post about it, did it really happen?
Don’t be afraid to use social media as a way to document and track your daily workouts, nutrition, and progress. Ate an amazing salad for lunch? Post it! Took a really hard yoga class? Post it! Not only will it help you see your habits and create consistency, but chances are it will motivate someone else to get more active and healthy and join you on your journey.
Social media is just that…SOCIAL! A way for you to share with your friends and let them help you be the best you possible. So use it to your advantage!