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Can Social Media Help You Achieve Your Goals?

January 18, 2013

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Setting goals to better your health is exciting and challenging. Pushing beyond your comfort zone and starting a new routine can be intimidating, so having a support system is invaluable when it comes to achieving your goals.

When the alarm goes off while it’s still dark outside, or when you’d rather catch up on your favorite TV shows than head to the gym, where do you seek motivation?

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become a mainstream means of communication with friends and family, as well as a place to meet new people. On Twitter and Instagram, with the search feature and use of hashtags, it’s fairly easy to locate like-minded individuals and become part of a supportive online community.

A recent weight loss study selected ninety-six overweight individuals and split them into two groups, both of which listened to informative and motivational podcasts. In addition to the podcasts, the second group signed up for a Twitter account, and results showed that those who actively tweeted during the six-month study lost the most weight.

Having a supportive online network is an effective way to receive the encouragement needed to achieve your goals. If you send out a tweet in the morning that you’re planning to hit the gym after work, you make yourself accountable. Furthermore, you can get involved by asking questions to learn more about health and fitness topics.

As you find your online voice, it’s rewarding to reciprocate and support others. Since social media is readily available, set an intention for your time online to honor your schedule and other responsibilities.

In an environment dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, remember to practice self-love and don’t be too hard on yourself if you skip a workout or choose a cookie over an apple. It’s easy to fall into a comparison trap, so be mindful of the fact that everyone is at a different place in their personal journey, and just do the best you can every step of the way!

Our Twitter directories to help you get started: 

Fitness Bloggers
Doctors and Health Experts
Healthy Moms
Healthy Recipes

Do you use social media for motivation to reach your goals?