Four Plugged-In Sources for Fitness Inspiration
Normally we wouldn’t tout technology as a great source for fitness, especially since the rise of the computer screen is what has led our society to predominantly sedentary lifestyles, but we think there’s a flip side to every argument.
We believe social media can actually be a bit of a guidebook, albeit a virtual one, for fitness inspiration and knowledge. With so many platforms and sources out there making workout ideas, tips and healthy pre- and post-workout recipes more accessible than ever, we think there are a few sites worth taking a closer look at.
Below are some of our favorite sources for all things health and fitness:
Apps – The Nike Training Club app is one of the most comprehensive ones out there. With workouts aimed for various results like getting lean, toned or strong, it’s a one-stop shop for getting a customized workout on the fly. If you feel like crunches, planks and Russian twists are getting old, the app Abs Workout (not the most creative moniker, but it gets the job done) is a great source for new ab exercises, which aids in muscle confusion for this trickier-to-tone area. Another favorite app is Charity Miles, which allows you to earn money for the charity of your choosing with every mile you walk, run or bike. Getting moving becomes more motivating when not only are you helping yourself, but others, too.
Instagram – Instagram has become the new home of the wanna-be fitness models, but we prefer to use it to follow inspiring accounts that provide real inspiration to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cenna aka @censkiii is a little bit of a model, but favors the progress over perfection mindset and keeps it real on the fitness front. She’s a huge advocate for being balanced and busts common exercise and diet misconceptions in a way that makes you feel motivated to make healthier choices. Some of our other favorite accounts include @theproteinbar and @lululemon.
Blogs – Well it looks like you’ve already tapped in to this source or else you wouldn’t be reading this! One of our favorite ways to keep track of all of the blogs we follow is through a reader such as bloglovin’. This reader allows you to go to one place and read all of the latest news and easily sift through blog posts and virtually earmark what you like. Some of the blogs in our feed include Prescribe Nutrition, FitSugar and Pumps & Iron.
Pinterest – There’s a careful line we walk on this one, we keep time on Pinterest to a minimum since it’s easy to get sucked in with participating in more pinning than planking. Some of the most helpful pins we find come from Greatist, Tone It Up and Women’s Health Magazines. Following VIDA Fitness on Pinterest is also another good way to fill your feed with useful info!
Now just as a small disclaimer, technology is a beautiful thing, but it’s easy to get caught up and make plans and not execute. There’s a careful balance between recognizing unrealistic portrayals of wellness (i.e. fitness models) or collecting so much information that you don’t know where to start.
Here’s our advice: Use these tools to find recipes and grocery lists you can print out and tack on to your fridge, HIIT circuits that you can bookmark on your computer and do on your own at the gym, motivational quotes you can put as your desktop background, etc.
All in all, don’t become immersed. Use these things as what they are: tools to help you get where you want to be. Let them assist you, but keep in mind that you’re in control of how you use them and how you meet your fitness goals.