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My name is Sally Stangler and I am a Senior studying Communications at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. This curation is on Social Media and how it does in fact, improve Fitness.


The use of Social Media to help you reach your fitness goals is infinite. I will share information that will create a collection for those looking for Social Media tools to improve their own results. Essential sources on social media and fitness include:

 

*Fitness Blogger and exercise physiologist George Guerin 

*Dr. of Psychology and Blogger Sherry Pagoto

*Chris Freytag, chairman of the board of the American Council on Exercise

 

Additional bloggers and well known fitness sites frequented by many for expert advice will be featured as well. As Social Media grows so does the obesity epidemic in the United States. If more people are aware of the tools that exist around them, on every day devices they are already tapping into, they can use them to improve their fitness results. I hope that I can contribute to your own fitness journey in some way.

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Fitness or Foolish? Looking Good On Social Media Shouldn’t Hurt

Fitness or Foolish? Looking Good On Social Media Shouldn’t Hurt | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
“Bro, do you even lift?” “No pain, no gain.” “Sex, weights and protein shakes.” These are just a few of the many popular exercise phrases ...
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Elizabeth Nguyen, writes for Emerge magazine and addresses the topic: Fitness or Foolish. This article brings up some very important aspects to the fitness world via social media and asks the question on whether or not these new ways are really healthy or are they just there for the "sake of gaining attention." She continues to list popular social media fitness icons and warns readers to be cautious and that it's crucial to know your own limits when following them. Elizabeth also addresses the "social media trends as not only not all being healthy lifestyle promotions, but rather consumerism, where brands advertise supplements and fitness clothing." What sort of negative information have you seen in regards to fitness via social media lately? One issue I invite you to investigate is the controversy surrounding the season 15 Biggest Loser, Rachel Fredrickson.
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Can Social Media Actually Help You Get More Fit?

Can Social Media Actually Help You Get More Fit? | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Can your time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social sites really help you get and stay in shape?Are you on Facebook?Do you Tweet?Can these social media sites actually help you to loose weight and get in shape?It seems that everyone is on social media these days, and we've all had a Facebook friend who's constantly posting about going to the gym. But can your time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social sites really help you get and stay in shape? Can posting on social media about going to the gym really help you get fitter?Where are the best places to go on social media to follow fitness experts who can help motivate you and who offer useful workout ideas and tips?What's the best social media platform for motivating people to get and stay in shape?Social media consultant and fitness writer Amanda Vogel shares her thoughts on Train Your Body.She answers these questions and more.
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Get out your headphones folks! You'll want to listen to this one!

Find out if your time on Social Media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram can actually help you to lose weight and get in shape?!

Just like owning floss won't actually mean your teeth get flossed... posting about working out doesn't mean you'll actually get up and get your sweat on... BUT it has an impact! Take a listen to what social media consultant and fitness writer Amanda Vogel has to say about social media and your results!

My takeaway from the recording: they provide support and accountability! Always a good thing! What are people looking at? What are people posting?

1. What are your expectations from social media? FB posting may be more beneficial if you join a fitness related group! Being a part of a community can help you reach your goals with the support of others. 

 

2. How do you pick a fitness expert to follow? There are true experts and fitness enthusiasts to chose from. Look at the information the individual is providing, can you trust it?

 

3. Food "Selfies". Good or Bad? It can hold you accountable and keep you on track. Take a pic and share the recipe or view healthy recipes that have pics and make them! BOOM... on track to your own goals!

 

4. Best advice. Think about what platforms you want to use. Each has it's own benefits.

Please take a listen and post something you picked up from the recording below! I'd love to hear from you! :)

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Does Social Media Help or Hurt Health and Fitness? -

Does Social Media Help or Hurt Health and Fitness? - | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
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Katie is an editor at The Active Times and along with being a certified personal trainer she has a personal passion for running and eating healthy. Her article on Social Meida and Fitness "Does Social Media Help or Hurt Health and Fitness" really hits on some important pros to how the impact of social media on your health and fitness path can improve your fitness results. Some of her pros are also my pros. Like social media holding me accountable for my workouts and my meals. I post in facebook groups daily when I workout and when I don't post... someone is asking if I'm okay. We help keep eachother on track like that!


Another great pro and perhaps the best pro... is connecting with other like minded individuals in my community. I'm able to use social media to connect with other active individuals and I've made several really great friends this way through Facebook and Instagram! Who would have known!

What pros does social media provide for your own fitness goals?!

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Lose Weight! Gain Friends!

Lose Weight! Gain Friends! | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Women over 50 have a higher rate of exercise adherence and weight loss when social support is in place. This includes social media support. Time to help each other stick to our goals, Boomer Chicks! Want to join our online community and say sayonara to those menopause pounds?
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Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA are twin sisters who run the website Fun and Fit, which offers tips for Healthy Aging for Boom Chicka Boomers. The two sisters have long histories in the fitness section but are also experienced in writing, editing, and social media. They are well connected in the fitness blogging world and are frequent speakers and presenters. In this article they share a story of a group of women who came together on social media to find fitness but found so much more! By encouraging others and posting their goals and progress to their social media groups, they were able to reach new levels of success.

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Social media fitness challenges – are these calls to action worth your time?

Social media fitness challenges – are these calls to action worth your time? | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Social media fitness challenges are popular, but proceed with caution There is the “30-day plank challenge” … the “30-day push-up challenge” … there is even a “30 day wall sit/plank challenge” for those looking to turn it up a notch. So...
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Fitness Blogger and exercise physiologist George Guerin addresses Social media and it's relation to fitness challenges by asking if these calls to action are worth your time? You may have seen them yourself if you frequent Facebook and twitter... 30 day challenges all formed around one area of fitness at a time, planks, push-ups, squats, sit-ups, etc. In his blog he provides sound advice at venturing into the world of the 30-day challenge including some very important cautions to be aware and mindful of. He concludes with this comment "As with any good social media fitness challenge, make yourself accountable and comment here when done. Good luck, push yourself and be challenged! If you commit to a form of exercise like this every day - not just for 30 days - you will definitely be pleased with the rewards. His blog is positive and motivational while addressing real concerns. I agree with him. I don't see any benefit's for holding a 5 minute plank. I look forward to reading some more of this exercise physiologist's blogs regarding social media and fitness!
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Morning Rounds: Can social media help you lose weight? - YouTube

Researchers at Brigham Young University found that simply looking at pictures of food on Instagram or Pinterest can make it less appealing. Jeff Larson and R...
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I don't know if I buy it 100%. If I sit and stare at a picture of brownies for x amount of time... it just makes me think about them that much harder! I'm salivating just thinking about the brownies and I haven't even looked at a picture. I do think that if someone struggles with cravings and portion control that this option could be worth checking out.

In my own health endeavors I tend to look at pictures of healthy foods. Salads with all raw ingredients, gluten free baking recipes (and pictures) things that will motivate me to eat cleaner. If I made a habit of sharing pictures of what I'm eating and I make something that's crappy for my body with zero nutrition, I'm less inclined to post that picture. I feel it would push me to think of more colorful, healthy, and creative things to cook, take pictures of, and eat.

I'm all for giving this theory a go though. Test it out and let me know how it works!

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The best things in life are free

The best things in life are free | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
The mighty mobile phone. Is there anything it can’t do? It keeps you connected and entertained, distracted and informed – but can your phone help you get fit for free?
We’ve found 15 apps that say it can. From schemes that blackmail you into going to the gym, to planners that create bespoke workouts, these free downloads are the ultimate training companions. So dig out your gym shoes, dust down your dumbbells and stretch those hamstrings… it’s time to apply yourself.
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 Today there are trackers to track your every move, bite, slurp and sip. The Shortlist.com released an article and titled it 'The best things in life are free'. Well, it's true. The moments we spend with family. Watching a sunset over the horizon. and now, working out to your own free, personal trainer, on your own time, at home, and on someone else's dime. Why not take advantage of it and allow these free resources to help you on your path to a fitter you.

The trackers mentioned in this article to help you reach optimal levels of health and fitness include Moves, Endomondo Sport Tracker, MyFitnes Pal, RunKeeper, and Withings health Mate. Want access to your very own coach without having to drive to the gym, download MiCoach, Reebok Fitness, Sworkit, Seconds, and Six Week Training. Feeling sluggish and like you packed on a little too much weight over your last vacation? Check out GymPact, Fitocracy, Teemo, Nike + Running, and Yog for a boost of motivation and an added edge of competition where you can rank your workouts among others. Although this article doesn't provide proof that these applications will help you get fit, they are great resources to have and the only way to make them work for you is to actually put them to work.
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Twitter Weight Loss Study Is In The News | FUdiet: The Science of Weight Loss, Nutrition, and Fitness

Twitter Weight Loss Study Is In The News | FUdiet: The Science of Weight Loss, Nutrition, and Fitness | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
WCVB Channel 5 in Boston covered my study where we did weight loss counseling via tweets.  One of our participants talked about her experience in the
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Teammates and social influence affect weight loss outcomes in a team-based weight loss competition

Teammates and social influence affect weight loss outcomes in a team-based weight loss competition | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
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"As a way of promoting weight loss a study investigates the effects of teammates and social influence on individual weight loss during a team-based weight loss competition". The results of the experiment suggest that teammates and the use of social influence affected the weight loss outcomes during the team-based interventions. Participants utilized online tracking systems during the entire 12 week competition and routine e-mails were sent out listening team standings and perhaps creating a bit of competition amongst the teams participating.  As a form of motivation, individuals who consistently entered all of their data were eligible for prize drawings, all related to fitness in some way. Statistically those who participated in the groups and were consistent in tracking, lost a greater percentage of body fat. I don't necessarily think that this experiment proves that the social influence is in fact what helped them achieve better results but I do think that the social influence, prizes, and online support is what motivated and initiated these individuals to get up and get moving. It may be hard to do this on your own and if apps and online support groups can do that, then it is in fact helping these individuals to achieve better results than if they had tried on their own.
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Can Social Media Produce Wellness Results?

Can Social Media Produce Wellness Results? | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
To win at employee wellness programs, companies are turning to online fitness challenges and Facebook-style social networks to boost workers' options, improve engagement and cut costs.
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Social Media can provide a healthy level of competition to increase your performance and ultimately increase your results. A hospital in northwest New Jersey, Chilton Hospital, put it's staff to the ultimate test when they asked them to get social and to get competitive. During their 100-day challenge, the challengers from Chilton Hospital competed against other countywide challengers by logging into social media medium, Facebook and other similar social network cites to share their results and cheer each other on by providing motivation and encouragement.This blog notes how other companies are taking notice and are taking actions to rebuild their employee wellness programs utilizing Internet-based social networks. Statics are where the money is at and these statistics prove that the challenge was a success and that the social media based challenge helped the 336 employees that participated, to lose weight and get in better shape. "During the hospital's first 100-day challenge, 336 employees used the platform to track losing an aggregate 1,230 pounds, eating 8,918 additional servings of fruit and vegetables and putting in 1,274 extra days of exercise, according to McGovern, the facility's administration and HR vice president. "It wasn't just exercise and eating better," she says. "People made a commitment to stop smoking, take stress management classes and control ongoing diseases." I believe that if more corporations and organizations assisted in wellness plans that we would make great strides towards having a healthier population. By utilizing pre-existing social media platforms like Facebook the company can use the technology and save money instead of creating a brand new system that could work for them.
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Fit Bottomed Girls

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Fit Bottomed Girls is a blog built around collective intelligence. It is produced through a team effort and it provides information about your health and fitness, The bloggers even share a bit of their own personal journeys towards getting fit to help motivate and inspire you to get started. They don't write about how social media can help you with your fitness results, because they ARE the example of how social media is helping people reach their goals. Blogs feature 20-minute Treadmill Workouts, HIIT's for the elliptical, 30 Day healthy habits challenges, and a beach interval workout that is perfect for your summer vacation. Links to apps and recipes flank the page. I think bringing multiple personalities and multiple experiences and knowledge to a single blog are an excellent idea. You can capture a wider audience and appeal to more with various tid-bits of information.

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Angry Issues: Does Social Media Hurt Or Help The Fitness Industry? - Angry Trainer Fitness - Alfonso Moretti

Angry Issues: Does Social Media Hurt Or Help The Fitness Industry? - Angry Trainer Fitness - Alfonso Moretti | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
This is true irony right? Here I am asking about whether social media helps or hurts the fitness industry – here on my website! And what’s even more ironic is that I’ll be sharing this article across my social media platforms! Ha. Ok so here’s the deal. I asked this question (across my social media …
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This blog article asks the question "does social media hurt or help the fitness industry? Why am I posting about this when it doesn't directly address my question on whether or not social media improvise your fitness results. Because it's important to know where your information is coming from! Not everyone out there posting pictures of workouts, supplements, or sweaty pics is a fitness expert. It's wise to have an objective eye to some of the information out there. Blog writer Alfonso addresses the industry and it's valuable information for the consumer to be aware of!
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How Social Media Can Help You Lose Weight

How Social Media Can Help You Lose Weight | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Increasing your social network may be the key to long lasting weight loss
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On her blog Shrink, on Psychlogy Today Dr. Sherry Pagoto discusses how social media can help you lose weight. A past blog, addresses how increasing your social  network may be the key to long lasting weight loss and that your "social life" is one part of your life that can be enhanced in order to increase your chances at weight loss success.  *She addresses what social media has to do with weight loss in the first place by providing the explanation that it's a powerful way of connecting with people based on shared interests and goals.   *She mentions studies that have shown that how much social support you have is strongly associated with how successful you are at losing weight. If that's lacking, it's time to beef it up with Social Media as it's the quickest and easiest way to accomplish this.  *She expresses the importance of using social sites like Facebook, Twitter, various blogs and mobile apps that contain a social media function to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle.  
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Chris Freytag's tips for success with social media & your Fitness Results!

Chris Freytag's tips for success with social media & your Fitness Results! | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Get Healthy. Be Happy. Love Life.
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Chris Freytag, is chairman of the board of the American Council on Exercise. She is also an ACE certified group fitness instructor, ACE health coach, personal trainer and published author and speaker. Chris is a contributing fitness editor to Prevention magazine and appears weekly on NBC’s Minneapolis/St. Paul affiliate Kare 11 News, in a segment with actionable nutrition and exercise tips called Motivation Monday. Look for videos of her & her blog today for fun and free workouts!  In a recent blog Chris discusses how you can use visualization via social media to help you get fit. By starting with a clear picture of where you want to go and by creating a vision statement... it provides a destination and makes it a place people are inclined to aim for than if they didn't know where they were going. By creating your own picture you will have a constant visual reminder of your goal. It creates emotions that work to help motivate you to actually achieving that goal. What you need to take away from her blog:*Start with a clear picture of what you want with a vision statement. *Create your picture
*Create a fitness vision board*Support your vision with affirmations*Change your vision board as your goals change  
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New Pinterest fad may fuel unhealthy fitness obsession

New Pinterest fad may fuel unhealthy fitness obsession | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
So you’re on the couch entering hour three of a Pinterest binge. This is a time when you probably could use a little motivation to get...
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Do you Pinterest? This article, found in TODAY Health, talks specifically about Pinterest and how the  "New Pinterest fad may fuel unhealthy fitness obsession"

Read and Heed Is the so called "fitspiration" actually inspiring you to "get-fit" or has it gone a bit too far by representing unattainable goals that trap us into the mind set that it's more important to be skinny than it is to actually be healthy. What sort of recent "fitspiration" or "fitspo" have you seen lately?
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Does Virtual Weight Loss Coaching Work? | FUdiet: The Science of Weight Loss, Nutrition, and Fitness

Does Virtual Weight Loss Coaching Work? | FUdiet: The Science of Weight Loss, Nutrition, and Fitness | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Even though behavioral weight loss counseling has been shown to be pretty effective in research studies, the challenge has been that it is impractical.  These
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Dr. and Blogger Sherry Pagoto, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Medicine and co-founder of the UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her expertise is in obesity, health, nutrition, fitness, weight management, depression, stress, cancer prevention, and type 2 diabetes.  Listen to her talk posted on her blog FUdiet.com here, where she addresses Virtual Weight Loss Coaching and whether or not it actually works.  In a recent study, her group explored whether or not they could substitute personal visits with patients with digital forms of communication to cut costs. Her results showed that counseling patients through a weight loss attempt using a private Twitter did in fact yield results.
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The Power of Social Media to Affect Our Health and Fitness

The Power of Social Media to Affect Our Health and Fitness | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Did you Instagram it? No, but it is on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest... Social media is the new "social life" but has its proliferation changed our once-healthy habits? One billion people couldn't possibly be wrong, right?
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Tara Sabo is a certified personal trainer, Greatist Ambassador, group fitness and Spinning instructor, freelance writer, wife, and mother. She writes about these roles and more on her blog, A Daily Dose of Fit. In this article "The Power of Social Media to Affect Our Health and Fitness" she address how social media changes our health and 4 ways social media can be a force for good (or bad).

 Tara mentions that "social media is loaded with images that aim to influence", some images so vain that you may fall victim to an unhealthy comparison trap with unrealistic ideals and visual stereotypes.  In my opinion, she nails it. As a fitness enthusiast myself I fall victim to these visual stereotypes on a daily basis as I scan through fitness and motivational images on Instagram. It is a battle to keep my mind in check and to focus on me, my body, and my own personal journey!

Head to this article to read about the 4 ways social media can be a force for good (or bad) in your life.  You can find her blog here: http://www.adailydoseoffit.com/
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HOW TO: Use Social Media for Better Health

HOW TO: Use Social Media for Better Health | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Tools such as YouTube and Facebook help build relationships, spread new information, and keep people entertained, but they are not tools people immediately think of when trying ...
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If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say, you have already figured out how to “use” social media. If you’re here reading my ScoopIt it you are perhaps looking in into the ways that social media can better your fitness results. In this article, Ben Parr, the managing partner of DominateFund and the former Co-Editor of Mashable (A site that lists info related to social media and the worlds of tech, biz, entertainment, the US & the rest of the globe) lists  the steps for utilizing social media for healthier living. He covers topics related to sticking to your fitness goals, utilizing social media to research healthy habits and workout techniques, tapping into group support, paying it forward to help others, and having the ability to track your progress.

 

Ben’s list is spot on. It depicts all the reasons I myself use social media to reach my fitness goals. The tip that screams the loudest to me in this article is in regards to having the ability to research workout techniques. If you’re using your cell phone to connect you with a virtual trainer or to follow an online workout challenge. You may have questions on technique. Questions that you should have answered to avoid injury and to enhance your experience. YouTube is a great tool for looking up technique. Many personal trainers and workout enthusiasts show you exactly how to do moves from crane, to lunges, and even the proper squat. Next time you have a questions regarding your technique. Upload a pic or video of you performing a move and get near instant feedback from experts across the globe.

 

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Keeping up good habits with the Jawbone Up™ application

Keeping up good habits with the Jawbone Up™ application | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Well it’s April … Need a little help with those New Year’s resolutions to workout more, eat better and get more sleep? The Jawbone Up™ System which runs flawlessly on my HTC One(R) phone, could be the nudge you need...
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Fitness Blogger George Guerin focuses on Jawbone in this article. A device to help you workout more, eat better, and get more sleep. All equally important for better fitness results.  George states that "unless you make your goals a priority every day, you're bound to fall off the wagon."  This particular device has the ability to tell you exactly how you spend your 24 hours of the day by providing a detailed account of active time, idle time, calories burned at work and calories burned at rest as well as your sleep habits. The accolades the device will motivate you with can include "You're in the groove! Way to nail that bedtime". With that sort of personal encouragement in you're pocket it's easier to stay focused ones goals.

 Do you have a Jawbone device? After reading this article, perhaps you will make the decision to invest in the technology that can help you keep up with the good habits of living a healthy lifestyle.
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Doting on your phone may cause your fitness to wander off

Doting on your phone may cause your fitness to wander off | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
People who constantly exercise their thumbs by using their smartphones could ultimately be harming their physical health. A study by researchers at Kent State University found a link between heavy...
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A study by researchers at Kent State University found a link between heavy cellphone use and reduced fitness levels among college students. With research conducted by two professors at Kent State's College of Ed: it was found that college students who reported the highest cellphone use — averaging 14 hours a day — were less fit than those who used the devices less often. This could present a problem for many, especially those who cant seem to set down these electronic devices. You need to look at how often you use your own cell phone and you need to look at your own goals. Perhaps these individuals aren't focused on their health or fitness at all. This article brings to light the amount of time that can be spent browsing through social media, without even knowing it. This article brings up a good point! "67% of cellphone owners check for messages or calls even when their phone hasn't alerted them, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project".

How much time are you spending on your device. Do you feel it ever interferes with your fitness goals?
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FitBloggin: Boomer Health Through Social Media

FitBloggin: Boomer Health Through Social Media | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Are you on a weight loss journey? Are you interested in using social media to help you meet your fitness and health goals? Do you like to travel? Do you like to win prizes and receive gifts from quality brands? Would you like to improve your writing, video, marketing, business and photography skills? Best of all, do you enjoy meeting people who are happy to meet you right back? All of these things occurred at the Fitbloggin’ convention in Portland last week.
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Back at it, Fun and Fit sisters, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA hit the blogging scene and dive into: FitBloggin which as an annual Fitbloggin convention where "bloggers interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. Two days of education, networking, friendship and fun" come together! Presentations were given & Workouts were done. 

These communities that form from social media just blow me away. So much can be said about how support is vital to reaching your fitness goals. This event is a prime example of power in numbers!
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This is Healthbook, Apple's major first step into health & fitness tracking

This is Healthbook, Apple's major first step into health & fitness tracking | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking indu...
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 Perhaps you've heard. Apple will be the next biggest name in the health industry making waves in the fitness world and in the health world with medical professionals everywhere. Apples Healthbook application will be a game changer and is the shiny gem of innovative technology of our time! The new application is capable of tracking several health and fitness data points at the same time, Bloodwork, Blood Sugar, Respiratory Rate, Oxygen Saturation, Nutrition, and weight to name a few. Three of Healthbook's tabs are dedicated to fitness tracking alone, allowing users to track Activity, Weight, and Nutrition. Fitness tracking via social media is nothing new. If these social media applications weren't helping people get fit, then they wouldn't have a continued source of consumers to keep them up and running, and they would stop creating products for them. Because of the success Apple's newest operation system have a tool that hones in on this market and allows for even more success for fitness with their social media consumers.
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Free fitness apps that can be life changing

Free fitness apps that can be life changing | Are Your Fitness Results related to your Social Media usage? | Scoop.it
Free apps can certainly effect your health in a positive way. According to Huffington Post, approximately 38 percent of the health apps that smartphone users download are fitness-based and continues to grow. Fitness apps prove to be effective when used...
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Another great post by Fitness Blogger and exercise physiologist George Guerin where he suggests a few fitness apps that can be life changing, and wait for it... the best part is that they are absolutely FREE! The only investment you need to have made prior is in that handy dandy smart phone that enables you to download the apps mentioned. George lists a stat from the Huffington Post 'approximately 38 percent of health apps that smartphone users download are fitness-based and continue to grow." MyFitnessPal, Nike Training Club, Run Keeper, and Fooducate Plus are the apps mentioned in this particular blog.

The mention of the apps doesn't necessarily prove that social media = better fitness results but the rise in downloads and the success of these apps indicates that the fitness realm via social media is growing. In my opinion anything that grows is growing because it's healthy and working!
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FDA meeting, iOS 8 rumors point to fitness focus for Apple’s “iWatch”

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Long-rumored wearable may horn in on Nike's, Fitbit's, and Jawbone's turf.

Via Allison Hermann, PhD
Sally Stangler's insight:

I am amazed to see that Apple is pursuing a smartwatch-like device with "health-monitoring" applications that will be capable of monitoring and tracking "blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, and glucose levels" among other things! Now how's THAT for a cell phone, or should we call it the new "black-box" of media-convergence.  If released their technology could replace the current dedicated fitness gadgets that exist out there in the market today.

Will we soon be able to control every aspect of our lives with a single device? It seems the tech-savi geeks of today are on the prowl and they aren't taking their time getting there. I think it creates something that many people around the world have been needing for quite some time. Will we be open to the technology once it arrives though. I find myself happy using different devices for different uses, specific to them and the tasks that I need to accomplish by using them. Would an "all-in-one" device really be beneficial? I'm sure plenty of people would find good use for it and as a typical "early adopter" for new gadgets I'd quickly question how I ever lived without something that made my life so convenient!

Next topic of discussion... Should the FDA have the say in what fitness apps get approved and what ones don't?

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