by Brandy D. Anderson
Exercise is something that many of us have to grab on the go, so what better way to find fitness tips than through Twitter? I’ve canvased a nice mix of accounts focusing on men’s fitness, women’s fitness, family fitness, and physical and health challenges. So grab your kicks, your kale snack, and let’s go!
About: “Keeping a lid on the junk in the trunk. http://fitbottomedeats.com/ http://fitbottomedmamas.com/ http://fitbottomedzen.com/ ”
This Twitter account posts an eclectic mix of exercise regimes, motivational memes, photos, reviews, healthy recipes, and interviews with fitness gurus. Fit Bottomed Girls provides “fresh fitness content for real women (and even the guys) interested in improving their health and their lives through physical activity and healthy eating, minus the deprivation”. One of my favourite things about this site is that it’s a page for everyone who wants to get healthy, regardless of body type or fitness level.
One recent post tells you how to make a great fall recipe for Roasted Pumpkin and Kale Late Harvest Soup: “Just in case you’re in need of a nice hearty meal for Black Friday (or if you’re already sick of turkey!), here’s a great healthy pumpkin soup recipe from core performance guru, Linda LaRue. Linda is the creator of the new, total-body core workout specialty resistance-tubing system, The Core Transformer, and one heck of a cook. Enjoy!”. In addition to linking to articles on their own website, they also tweet links to other sources as well. For example, you can read all about “12 desk exercises from @greatist [that] you can literally do at your desk”: “By now you’ve likely heard a thing or two about the downsides of a desk job. But we get it: Not everyone can have a standing desk or squeeze in a bodyweight workout every day”. Another tweet shows you ideas to make your own at-home spa, you can read about “5 Things You Should Never Do After A Post-Workout Session”, or you can even learn a new cardio workout with a jump rope. This account tweets new content often, averaging at about twenty new posts a day.
About: “Men’s Fitness Magazine: The New Measure of Success”.
Men’s Fitness takes a holistic view of men’s health with an emphasis on fitness and exercise. There are also links to articles about other aspects of men’s lives, like these recent tweets:“Your Guide To Dating Over The Holidays”, “Read The Book That Changed Pro Surfer Garrett McNamara’s Life”, and “How Much Sex Is Too Much Sex?” More often, though, you’ll find blogs focused on exercise and weight lifting. There are also some videos as well, like today’s video teaching you how to “Build Big Muscle – Fast – With This Shoulders And Abs Workout”.
You can learn “6 Ways To Burn Fat And Keep It Off For Good”: “Eat more protein, Hit the weights, Watch the snacking, Drink water, Move every day, Eat breakfast, Go green, Eat fat [certain kinds], and Sleep” (I’m not sure why the title says six ways since the blog gives you nine, but I guess extra tips are always good). Another tweet teaches you how to build muscle and burn fat at the same time, there’s a quiz to find out “How Physically Fit You Really Are”, and you’ll find a video telling you how to maximize a workout for your back and biceps. There’s a tutorial all about “How To Get That ‘Golf Ball’ Muscle Between Your Biceps And Triceps”. Another article starts out with, “Ever Ask, ‘How In The Hell Did I Gain 5 Pounds Over The Weekend?’ – Our Top Trainer Explains”: “There hasn’t been a Monday I haven’t been asked this question. So [there are] a few things to consider when your weight fluctuates” – these include ethnic foods, alcohol, sparkling water, and too much cardio workout time. Men’s Fitness tweets a lot, about twelve times a day.
About: “producer @GROWINGBOLDER|blog biz coach @ http://makemediaover.com|ebook @http://bit.ly/OldContentNewAgain”.
Widrick is “a self-proclaimed fitness freak” who loves “to run, lift weights, practice yoga and just about anything else that helps [her] break a sweat”. Her Twitter page is full of awesome exercise tips, healthy living advice, and motivational tweets. One recent tweet she shared begins, “My guest post! What does working from home with kids really look like? via @leangrnbeanblog: Tips For Working From Home With Two Kids – Searching for work-life balance? These tips, from shared calendars to the one word every busy parent should know, can help you in your quest”.
You’ll find wonderful quotes, too, like this one from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” and Widrick adds, “And if you’re still discovering yourself? And your place in this world? That’s OK. Just know that you are valued and valuable”. Of course there are also a plethora of exercise posts as well, such as this one: “Make your workouts work for YOU. I really wanted 7 miles today but after a night of teething for the baby, I couldn’t drag myself out before breakfast (as I normally like to do). Instead, I went on the family errands and instead of riding home in the car, I ran — meandering the back streets and looping my neighborhood until I reached my mileage goal. Had I come home with everyone, I doubt I would have found the motivation to go back out, but now that it’s done, I’m SO glad I completed my#sundayrunday. I hope it’s a great day for you, too!” There are some healthy foodie pics too: “Root veggies, pesto, walnuts, and olives for breakfast? Yes, please!” Tweets are posted often, but not at a regular pace – at least one a day, usually, but sometimes she’ll post up to four or five a day.
About: “Delivering inspiring stories, outdoor, lifestyle, health, fitness & well being news & reviews from a challenging world. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org”
This Twitter account has a wonderful array of life tips and advice. While a great many of the tweets focus on exercise and fitness, there are also a lot of work and other advice pieces as well. For instance, a recent tweet brings you to an article where “The Former Head Psychologist For The US Navy SEALS Reveals His Best Advice For Combating Stress At Work”: “’When one examines the elite cohorts on the planet — whether you’re an elite athlete or an elite military member — it’s pretty clear that the way that they handle stress is not by accident. ‘ So says Eric Potterat, the former head psychologist for the US Navy SEALs.”
Are you “Training For A Long Run, Marathon, Or Ultra?” If so, you can click on the link to find “5 Ways To Stay Hydrated”. This account also lives up to its name, and you’ll find a plethora of challenges to undertake if you’re adventurous, like this one: “Do you love the great outdoors – be inspired by these six stories of life-changing adventure by @CountryFileMag https://tac.do/2eUajoB”. You’ll find important reminders: “Fluorescent is shown to decrease a rider’s risk of incident by as much as 53%. Be loud.” There’s a recent article explaining why “Humans Are Designed To Be Active Until We Die”. Podcasts from Mimi Anderson, an ultra-endurance runner and Guinness World Record holder are posted. You can also follow other athletes in their journeys, like this tweet inviting you to “Support Amy In Her World Record Breaking 7 Day 530 Mile Treadmill Challenge!!! WOW!!!” They tweet about once or twice a week on average.