Sharing fitness goals on social can hold you accountable
Social media has a mixed reputation. You can get sucked in, focus on the negative and even start comparing your experiences to those of your friends. But if you recognize that your friends have bad days, too, and that the world is bigger than the latest political debate, social media can actually be a powerful tool for improving your health.
Sharing your intentions with friends is an effective way to maintain healthy habits. My patients are constantly asking for new ways to stay motivated. Here are four tips I provide, with social media as the anchor:
Set a goal for yourself and post it publicly for all your friends to see.
If you set a goal and follow it up with a commitment to your peers, you're more likely to hit your target. Your friends will help you stay motivated, and cheer you on with every accomplishment. Never underestimate the power of positive reinforcement.
Determine the style of motivation you need.
Identify people in your social circle who can hold you accountable, either through messages or face-to-face.
Set repercussions if you don’t meet your goals, and rewards for when you do.
In some ways, social media sites can be better than fitness trackers and apps because they create intrinsic motivation to maintain healthy habits. As a supplement to those other motivators, social media can be even more powerful. Positive feedback from the supportive people in your life will make you feel good, and as you feel better, you will be more motivated to keep healthy habits. It's a win-win.