A Quest for Health with Help from Social Media
Yesterday, I had an exceptionally intense workout: the type where you keep sweating for the hour after you're done.
A hard feat on a treadmill - I clocked in a mile at eight and a half minutes - not anything extraordinary by fitness standards, but much better than I've been able to accomplish in the past.
During my workouts, I check in on Foursquare to see if I can overthrow the current mayor of Lifetime Fitness, Chip M. The motivation to become mayor has been one of the driving forces in getting my arse back to the gym.
On my Facebook account, which receives Tweets from Twitter, which got my check-in from Foursquare I was able to post some of my workout info. A couple Likes and Comments later, I knew I was on the right track.
Amusingly, I also had a frenemy let me know that "8 1/2 minutes is like bragging rights at the old age home." Actually, I got a good laugh, because I knew not everyone can hit that time. At least not when you're 200lbs and a web nerd.
Can a couple of "Likes" and Facebook comments get you back to the gym? You bet. Don't be afraid to post your accomplishments; there is always somebody faster or stronger (cue Daft Punk). The takeaway is that pushing yourself is the accomplishment to shoot for constantly.
Because I knew somebody is watching my back for fitness, I was back in the gym today doing what I do best - burning off that pizza I had yesterday after my great workout!