I don’t think I’d be where I am today with social media. That may sound a bit dramatic, but it’s true. Social media has helped me discover and learn so much about the health and fitness world that without it, I’m not sure what workout plan (if any) I’d be following or what fitness goals I’d have.
To really get a grasp on how social media has influenced my health and fitness, I broke it down one social media channel at a time.
Facebook used to just be a site I would check once or twice (or sometimes 10 times – let’s be honest) a day to see what my friends were up to. When I decided to challenge myself to lead a healthier lifestyle and start this blog, my use of Facebook completely changed.
Now, I use it to connect with other bloggers and ambassadors and to discover new health and fitness content that I wouldn’t stumble upon otherwise. One major example, Facebook is how I learned about the Walt Disney World Marathon! Who knows if I ever would have made running a marathon my goal if I hadn’t found out that such a fun one existed!
I love using Instagram to post new recipe inspiration and get inspired by others, but I never expected Instagram to motivate me to do p90x!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice I post a ton of my smoothie recipes. One day, someone commented about my smoothies, asked if I ever tried Shakeology, and then we ended up chatting about Insanity and p90x. He encouraged me to sign up for a Beachbody account, I joined his Facebook group, and now he’s my Beachbody coach! I’m a week and a half into p90x and complete challenges for the Facebook group every day. It can’t get more influential than that!
Pinterest is my own personal cookbook. I’ve tried so many recipes from Pinterest, I even split up my boards into recipes I want to try and recipes I have tried. That way, I can go back into my archives to find something I liked or be adventurous and try something new. My favorite thing about Pinterest, though, is finding new and creative healthy alternatives to my favorite foods!
I’ve talked about Earndit before, but just to refresh: Earndit it rewards you with points for working out. You can then use said points to buy awesome health and fitness goodies, like workout gear and protein bars. Now, whenever I workout, I use a social app to log it (usually Nike+ or Foursquare) and I get points! I’ve already cashed in for some pretty awesome stuff, like Rise Bars and Vita Coco.
Recipes, workouts, marathons – seriously, where would I be without social media? It’s only downfall is that it can be addicting and the more time you spend staring at a computer screen or a phone, the less time you have to get out there and do something productive, physical, or actually social. So, my Fitful Focus words of wisdom:
How does social media influence your health and fitness? Do you find it helps motivate you or deter you?