There one simple reason that using Social Media can make you healthier, happier, and possible just a bit more fit. You connect with people who either know how to do it (and they can show you) or you connect with other people looking for the same guidance & inspiration.
Facebook is a great way to find both of these types of people. While Twitter helps you get little tidbits throughout the day and pointed in new directions on the web, Facebook helps you become part of communities that and really get to know people.
There are many well known organizations that have created Groups and Pages to get people with similar interests and goals together. You can leave questions, make comments, chat with others in the group or other fans of the page.
My favorite pages/groups are:
Celebrity Trainer Valerie Waters who I mention often on this blog, has a Facebook Page where you can interact with other women getting in shape. Many of the members are people who are part of her Red Carpet Ready club and are doing her latest program the Action Hero Babe Training System. It’s a great place to find out what she’s about and see if her programs are right for you. But also, the people you will find there will motivate you just by seeing how dedicated they are to their health & fitness.
Pilates On 5th is a great pilates organization based in NYC. They offer many different types of pilates classes but also provide online pilates workouts you can purchase. They do a fun podcast that’s available on itunes. If you become a fan of their page, you will be notified when they put up new material on their blog or upload new video podcasts!
Anne Samoilov Pilates – Yes, even I have a pilates facebook page. I use the page to tell my Facebook friends when I have a new post on my blog, but also to inform people of new classes and share links that I find inspirational to my own fitness journey.
To find Groups or Pages to follow is search in the box at the top of your main profile page for a name or subject. If that doesn’t get you results you want, click on your INFO tab and scroll down to your groups/pages section…by clicking see all, you will find a search box to do a search there too!
If you are kind of confused at this point…and want to know the difference between Facebook Groups & Facebook Pages…check out this blog post from Mashable.com: Facebook Groups vs. Facebook Pages.
Keep in mind that you should be very picky about the Pages and Groups your follow/join. Don’t overload your Facebook profile with so much info that you can’t sift through it easily and get motivated! Also, once you join a group or become a fan of a page, you may get messages in your inbox from that group. Usually, it’ll be information that you will find interesting, but sometimes it gets a little too sales-y…if that happens and you don’t like it…just leave the group!
Let me know if you find a fun group to follow or a page to become a fan of…I’m always looking for inspiration to keep myself & my clients living their healthiest lives!