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Making it social – How social networks motivate

Every now and then, especially if you’re me, you can use an extra jolt of motivation when it comes to exercise. Between work, toddlers, meals and allowing myself a minute to watch the Kardashians, exercise is typically the first thing to go. When I need a swift kick in the glute, I’ll turn to my social networks to get a bit of a boost – and I’m not just talking about Facebook. Here’s where I go and what each brings to the table:

  • Dailymile – This is by far – from my perspective – one of the most active online communities out there for runners and cyclists. I cannot tell you how many people I have met and can honestly call friends because of DM. And better, I have an active interest in them reaching their goals, just as they will give me a pep talk when I’ve been MIA for awhile.
  • Instagram – A bit unconventional, Instagram is a huge motivator when it comes to positive and healthy thinking. If I’m slacking, I’ll fire up the app and search hashtags or check in to see what my fitgals are doing for some motivation. Often, everyone will have posted awesome sweaty selfies, while I’m covered in crumbs – and that’ll get me out the door.
  • YouTube – This isn’t so much a network, as it is an awesome source of content that will never get old. There is no shortage of FREE workouts that keep things fresh, interesting and motivating. A lot of trainers post regularly and have their own active communities on Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere. Which brings me to…
  • Tone It Up – These gals are frickin’ rock stars. Not only do they regularly post on their YouTube channel and Instagram, but they have a social network all their own for people looking to share recipes and motivation. Plus, if you’re a member of their nutrition plan, you get a secret special network all your own.
  • Strava – This one is up and coming and targets mostly cyclists and runners, but it’s getting a lot of buzz. Strava works best when you upload data from your GPS device, where it will then break down your workout into “segments” and compare the times to your previous workouts and against others in the community. You can see how your friends did on the route, or what the records are for others.


As you can see, there’s no shortage of places to glean motivation when you’re feeling a little sluggish. Just pop open that laptop or fire up the phone, and within minutes you’ll no doubt want to get on your feet.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing