Facebook Fitness—Three Pages Promoting Exercise Tips, Tricks and Motivation
Posted Jun 16 2012 10:26am
For many people, sticking to a new workout routine or diet can be rather challenging. Sure, in the beginning it's easy and exciting. You use your spare time to work out and make lean, healthy meals. But after two or three weeks, you find yourself slipping. The newness has worn off and you long for a French fry.
Luckily, for those who feel their willpower and endurance may be waning, there is help and support closer than you may realize—on Facebook. Now, as counterintuitive as it may seem to use a computer to advance your fitness goals, numerous motivational pages have popped up recently promoting the pursuit of healthier lifestyles through old-fashioned diet and exercise methods. From testimonials to inspirational "bumper stickers" and e-cards, these pages promote all around health and fitness and offer a forum for people with the same goals and interests. Although some may provide nothing but regurgitated spam, the pages below are run by personal trainers and other wellness experts. They definitely warrant a "like" the next time you log onto Facebook.
Strong is the New Skinny
Created and maintained by Adam Farrah and Marsha Tieken Christensen, this page is a strong proponent of healthy fitness options. Seeking to squash the "lose weight quick" gimmicks and eating disorders that plague our society today, this page promotes only smart, nutritionally-sound lifestyle changes. Recognizing the unhealthy obsession so many people have with stick-thin size zeros, they post images of REAL, FIT people in every shape and size as a way to combat the air-brushed lie fed to us by so many members of the media.
As the title implies, this online forum is geared toward women specifically, but they by no means discriminate. With posts boasting workout tips and tricks , as well as healthy recipe options, Girls Gone Strong is a great page for the woman interested in getting fit the right way. Fans of the page share their personal triumphs and setbacks and openly encourage one another through comments and shares.
Joining Facebook just this year, trimmed and toned already has 32,368 likes and is likely to continue growing as the word continues to spread. One great way they keep their fans motivated is by regularly posting un-retouched before and after photos of REAL people—just to give people an honest look at what is possible as long as you put your mind to it. They have workout routines and tips that appeal to everyone from the novice
beginner to the skilled bodybuilder—everyone needs some help along the way, regardless of fitness level.
Free, Reliable Inspiration
Free of the fluff and false claims you might find elsewhere, these pages all stress the importance of embracing who you are and owning your own destiny through choices. The next time you dread getting up at 4 a.m. to hit the gym or find yourself tempted by that slice of greasy, gooey pizza, log in and remind yourself that you're not alone in your struggle—you have the willpower to stay strong. Whether you're a 20-something still in college or a retired professional, these online communities offer something for everyone. And, thanks to the advent of smartphone, you can have instant motivation at your fingertips, anytime temptation strikes.
This is a guest post by freelance writer and blogger Nadia Jones. Nadia enjoys sharing her knowledge on topics of education and higher learning. She offers online college advice and guidance to readers throughout the blogosphere. Reach her at email@example.com.