This is a contributed post on social media and fitness by Kelly Summers of Koko FitClub of Phoenix
Does spending time on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks make you skinny?
At first glance, you might answer this question with a resounding NO. In fact, a British university study says that people who use social media are less active. So does this mean you’re going to be overweight because you love social media?
Like all studies, you need to take them with a grain of salt. In my experience of owning and operating a health club, social media can play a positive impact on one’s fitness.
Here’s why I believe social media is beneficial to your health:
- Social networking builds confidence – Social networking gives you an avenue where you can express your success and setbacks in a constructive way. Friends and family can give you the support you need to follow through with your fitness goals.
- Social networking holds you accountable – When you set a fitness goal on Facebook or Twitter, you’re holding yourself accountable to all of your family and friends. You’re going to be less likely to skip out on a workout.
- Social networking helps you monitor success – Social networks such as Facebook now include a host of apps to help you track and share your fitness success. Facebook apps like GymPact or All-in Fitness are noteworthy apps to consider.
- Social networking educates – It’s easier than ever to find the answers to your fitness questions thanks to social networking. Social networks provide you with a support system where you can interact one-on-one with fitness experts.
- Social networking brings out the competitive spirit – Social networks are making fitness infectious. You would be surprised how many times I hear that people come to my gym because they saw a friend on Facebook started working out.
Social Media and Fitness
Social networking has the potential to be a great exercise resource when used in moderation.
Moderation is the key. If you spend too much time on social media, it will cut into your fitness schedule and other important areas of your life.
What are your thoughts on social media and fitness? I’d love to hear your views in the comments section.
About the Author – Kelly Summers is the owner of Koko FitClub, a Phoenix health club. You can read more of his fitness opinions and advice on the Koko FitClub Arizona Fitness Blog.