An extra incentive to keep your health and fitness resolutions
January 3, 2014
January 3, 2014
Every January, people flock to their local gyms to begin their “New year, new me” resolution to be healthy and get fit. Fitness centers typically see a 30-40% increase in traffic during January, but the numbers fall again after a few weeks.
Let’s commit to these resolutions this year, as the US Department of Health and Human Services has stated time and time again that physical activity is critical for overall health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically states that regular physical activity can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and even some types of cancer; strengthen your bones and muscles and improve your mental health.
For those of us who fall into the category of “Resolution” gym-goers who work out fervently during the beginning of the year but fall off the wagon come February, use these social media tools to keep yourself on track:
One of the US Surgeon General’s main initiatives is the “Everybody Walk!” campaign, which capitalizes on the fact that walking is currently the most commonly reported form of physical activity among U.S. adults and can be done almost anywhere. The Surgeon General’s twitter page encourages the use of the hashtags #SGwalks and #EveryBodyWalks, and shares their favorites, like this one from a group in Arkansas.
Every time you do your cardio, this app tracks your mileage and donates money to the non-profit of your choice. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, with the money going towards organizations like Wounded Warrior Project and Habitat for Humanity. At the end of each workout, you can share your good deed and encourage others to get involved on your Twitter or Facebook account. Not only will you feel great after your workout, but you’ll love the feeling of running for a cause as well!
This app helps you create a fitness goal for yourself, and then keeps you honest by sharing updates and milestones with your social media circles. The philosophy behind the app is that if you’re putting your goals and performance out there for your friends and family to see, you’re more likely to stick with them.
Social media is a powerful tool, so use it to your advantage to get healthy in 2014!