In the past few years, social media has taken off. I still remember the days of AOL Instant Messenger… Now there are so many different social media outlets that it is hard to keep up! Sure, too much of anything can surely be bad, and you don’t want to turn into a chair pear (a social media “couch potato”)! In addition, hackers can get so much of your personal information from your profile pages that you really have to be careful with what you share. Besides a few issues with computer addiction and privacy concerns… Social media is fun and can be useful. Specifically, choosing to share your fitness progress with your social media community can not only help you stick with your new program, but may also serve to motivate you during the process. Let’s discuss a few reasons why it may be beneficial to share your progress with others:

  • Serves as a personal workout log. I am a big fan of keeping workout logs. Posting your daily progress on a social media site is a great way for you to keep track of your accomplishments. Whether you post daily, weekly or intermittently, you can look through your post history and compare your 20-minute jogging distance today to what it was one month ago. Comparing your current fitness level to your level one month ago can be encouraging.
  • Receive motivation. It is amazing how encouraged you can be from a simple “thumbs up” on your Facebook page. The simple fact that somebody else notices your progress can be quite encouraging. Somebody is noticing and appreciates the hard work that you are putting into your health and workout routines. In this sense, social media provides a way to receive motivation without even having to come into a physical environment with another.
  • Motivate others. How many times have checked out your social media feed and saw a post about one of your “friends” who completed a workout today? Didn’t it make you a bit more motivated to join them in the movement towards fitness? I know it definitely motivates me on those tough days. Well, you should know that a simple post may have a similar effect on one of your many friends, which may help to motivate them to improve their health. Any positive change that you can make in another’s life is definitely worth it.
  • You are getting on the computer anyway… If you are anything like me, you probably are at least going to take a peek into your social media world at least once every few days to see what’s going on. You minus well have something positive to share with others! And what can be better than posting a link to the workout your completed from the Exercise Menu Workout Index… 🙂 (Wink, wink)! Seriously though, you will feel less guilty if your workout is complete before you spend time with social media. Then, once your workout is done, share your progress with others. If they are truly your “friends” they will enjoy your updates.

So, don’t be shy to share your progress. It will not only help others, but it will reflexively motivate you to keep up with your habit!