Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
Of all of the wonderful things that have come from the World Wide Web, one of my personal favorites is social networking sites. These online darlings make it possible for us to connect with friends and family, as well as catching up with those from our past. An added bonus is the ability to connect with sites that guide, motivate and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Because you are reading this on Diets in Review, you already understand the importance of having trusted resources to help you stay on track while keeping you current in the world of health and fitness.
A great trend I have been following on the social networking sites is how people are no longer just using this system for idle chatter, but to promote themselves as they attempt physical changes and challenges. A few years ago I spent my Facebook time giving thumbs up to friends who were having babies or buying new homes, but now I find most are posting about the progress they are making on their weight loss journey or athletic endeavors.
I’m most impressed with this use of social networking because it provides a forum of support for those attempting these life-changing efforts. It also serves to inspire others who are on the sidelines and watching all the positive feedback and results that their friends are experiencing.
We humans are really a simple bunch. We crave accountability because it provides us with the positive reinforcement that feeds our spirit.
If you have not already done so, I encourage you to consider using your current Facebook page to announce your new great effort, whether it’s about quitting that nasty smoking habit or tackling your first 5k run. If you are really ambitious you should go big and create a fan page for yourself. You will be surprised by the amount of encouragement and useful information you will receive.
As social creatures, we all truly want to root for someone, why not let that person be YOU!
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October 23rd, 2011