Social Media Tips to Pump Up Your Workout Motivation
1. Sweaty selfie time!
Tone It Up (TIU) users share evidence of their exercise and diet achievements. “On days when we need extra motivation, we turn to our community on Instagram @ToneItUp. We scroll through the check-ins for #TIUteam to see their sweaty selfies and healthy recipe pics — there’s nothing more inspiring!” says Katrina Scott, co-creator of TIU.
2. Join a community of goal-oriented people.
Not everyone has a cheerleader in their corner IRL. And that’s OK, because social media is there to provide a virtual one. Online communities on Instagram, Facebook or even within certain apps let you connect to people all over the world and share your journey in a relatively anonymous platform, one which is available 24/7. New research found that sharing ups and downs with these online communities can be key to dropping pounds.
These online support groups can be an incredible resource for overcoming those been-there, done-that challenges and pitfalls. “We created Tone It Up because we envisioned a community where women can come together and support each other to reach their fitness goals, and social media plays a huge role in that,” says Karena Dawn, co-creator of Tone It Up. Whether you just nailed a full push-up or need someone to motivate you to get up and get sweating, people in the group provide the positivity.
3. Post it publicly.
If you have a workout goal, target race pace or even just a hard workout on the calendar, make it public. Knowing that you’ve committed to a work out, a training cycle or an upcoming race, and that others will be following your progress online can motivate you to get out the door even when you don’t necessarily want to.
4. Join a challenge.
“Encouragement from others is perhaps the greatest strength that social media can offer all of us.”
Speaking of a little healthy competition, it never hurt anyone, right? Fitness and health-related challenges are everywhere on social media from #30DaysOfYoga to #runstreak, to Whole 30 and it can be a good way to kick-start a new habit or routine, while keeping you accountable.
5. Check in.
When you’re working out alone and don’t have someone to share your ups and downs with, it’s easy to lose your mojo. Instead, regularly update your social media friends on your progress and milestones. During Daily Burn 365, the live chat function allows members to discuss the day’s workout in real-time, including struggles they overcame and how strong they feel mid- and post-sweat.
6. Stay positive.
Luckily, Instagram is full of positive self-talk. Choose from any of the hundreds of previous affirmations to turn inward, and shift your perception. Save your favorite affirmations, and share with friends to spread the love.
7. Set limits.
While social media does fire up the competitive juices, it’s important not to go overboard. Our advice? Create your own guidelines for the total length of time you allow yourself on social media each day.