Pinterest is the new social media obsession. Photos and images shown scrapbook style are addictively clickable and have done everything from boosting online retail sales to making arm chair interior designers of us all.
But I’ve been noticing Pinterest being used a lot for fitness as well. As a fitness pro with a social media presence, I went over to the site and immediately got caught up in fireplace displays, cupcake recipes (I can’t resist!), and stylish clothing. But after my adorable kitten obsession wore thin, I realized this is a great place for fitness information. Here’s how to get the most out of Pinterest to help you live a healthier and more fit life:
For Inspiration. There are hundreds of inspirational quotes buzzing around Pinterest. Pics of people with beautiful bodies might do it for you or maybe just the right turn of phrase can help turn your mood around. Whatever resonates with you, collect your inspirations by pinning them to your own board, and when you need a little inspiration, just head over to your Pinterest page.
For Workout Ideas. Pin videos or workout routines onto one board so when you’re feeling a little bored you have a go-to place to instantly shake up your workout.
Fitness Posts. A post on good hydration during exercise or how about the top 10 things you’re doing wrong in the gym? Collect blog posts with good information in one place so you know exactly where to find them later on. Better than bookmarks in your browser!
Healthy Recipes. I’ve just started a junk food board and a healthy recipe board. I’ll still pin my enticing cupcakes, but I’ve got a whole board dedicated to healthy recipes that look pretty darned tasty. I’ve already used them for dinner inspiration a few times.
Fitness Sub-categories. I love Pilates (been doing it since 1998) and I have a board of beautiful pictures from Pilates-land: instructors doing incredible moves, a few pictures of Joe Pilates himself. I find it inspiring and I just love to admire people with incredible bodies doing incredible things. You might be a tennis fiend or a hooping fan; whatever your love, pin your interests for an easy pick me up.
Awesome Fitness Clothes. I work for a great company, ActivewearUSA.com, but the site has literally 1,800 items for sale, everything from Prana yoga clothes to cycling gear. Whenever I see an outfit I like, I pin it so I can go back during a quiet time and order the piece from the site (I’m so happy for the Ambassador discount!).
Pinterest is definitely a tool for inspiration, but it can easily become a tool for practical advice and even a timesaver; instead of hunting for recipes or workout routines, you’ll know exactly where they are. How do you use Pinterest for Fitness? And click here to find Lisa Johnson on Pinterest.