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Use Twitter and Facebook to Keep Yourself Fit

Do You Tweet or Facebook Your Workout?

My iPhone is loaded with fitness apps and on almost all of them, you can upload your workout stats and route to Facebook or send a link to Twitter. You can train virtually for an upcoming event with a buddy in a different time zone, or electronically prove your bragging rights for the century ride you did on a whim. Social networking your fitness life is also a means of holding yourself accountable quite publicly. Folks do this with weight loss all the time — there is even a scale that will tweet your weight daily.

Even Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, uses the medium to ensure he has fitness follow through. He recently explained how he uses Twitter for exercise motivation in Runner's World. "Once you promise [on Twitter] that you're going to run this weekend, then people who follow you will say, 'So how'd it go?' it's enough pressure to get you going."

What about you . . .

Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 7 years
I personally don't but there are people on my facebook friends list who do. I think it's ok if you need motivation and ask for support but bragging or just telling the world your workout is pointless to me unless it was some kind of huge feat for you. I love how Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) on twitter tweets his fake workouts. For example: "35 minutes alternating squat-trots, 3 sets of "Pec-sicles" with 20 lb. weights, and a borbah-bounce. #PattonWorkouts" and "Just cranked a killer workout: 40 mins. on The Stoop-runner, 15 monkey splats, and a sudden tornt-split. Cooling down with 5 pizzas." LOL I love it because its true - if you update about complicated workout terms that most people don't know the definition of, no one will care or know what the eff you are talking about.
I update my facebook status with my fitness accomplishments, like 20 laps back to back or I ran a 10k for kidney disease. I've really struggled with a healthy lifestyle and know that I think I'm starting to get the hang of it this year, the facebook thing has given me encouragement from my friends and a sense of accountability. I don't do twitter by the way, don't see the need.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
I'll be honest and second onlysourcherry's comment. I can't help but think they want a cardboard cookie or something.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Occasionally, I did a pretty intense running workout so I put that as my facebook status. But, I was pretty proud! =)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
No I don't and I also think it's a little bit annoying when people have "going 2 the gym..." as a status update. But if people need it for motivation far be it from me to criticize that.
Jess8902 Jess8902 7 years
I use ifit on facebook, I have several friends who are trying to stay fit along with me and seeing each other's workouts can be motivating. Several times I've decided to skip a day, then after seeing my friends' time/mileage posts and comments about how great they feel after, i've changed my mind:) I think it's a great thing.
franciepants franciepants 7 years
It depends. I'll do both but only if its accurate (still trying to get my Nike Plus working on non-Nike shoes) or if I need that added motivation/pressure. When starting off, it's always easier to not hold yourself accountable for what you said you're going to do. It is harder to brush workouts off when you've told other people about it.
katieb82981 katieb82981 7 years
My twitter followers are basically only my very close friends and my mom (ha!), so I tweet when I go to the gym. It helps keep me accountable. (My mom is particularly fond of asking how my workouts were.)
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i hate it when others post it, so i don't.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
No, I'm pretty sure people don't care. I certainly don't when I look at others' stats. Unless you ran a race or something I skip right over it.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I'll post personal records, but not day-to-day stuff. I don't think most people want to be bombarded with workout stats.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I only shared my weekend workout on Facebook. It's a way to encourage my friends who has the same passion as me to workout also!
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