Social Media Boosts Fitness
Next time you’re looking for exercise inspiration, post your intention on social media. It might help you stick to the plan. Researchers offered 217 graduate students 13 weeks of in-person exercise classes, such as yoga, muscle building, and spinning, given throughout each week. One group simply took part in the classes. Another group attended the classes but also received online messages encouraging physical activity. A third participated in the classes as well as an online network of four to six anonymous fellow participants who could follow each other’s progress (but not interact). Participants in the network signed up for more classes total and also reported exercising more than those in the other groups.
Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, published online Aug. 13, 2015