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When You Need a Little Motivation: 5 Apps That Help You Share Fitness Goals
By: Christine Geraci
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Some time ago, one of the local morning radio shows in my area devoted an entire half hour to bashing people who post about their fitness achievements on Facebook. People called in to chastise their diet-and-exercise-obsessed friends about their health-related status updates. The radio hosts basically ridiculed anyone who called in to defend the habit. It was brutal, brutal, brutal. And I laughed right along. 
 
At the time, I myself had hidden a friend or two over their obnoxious health status updates, some of which read something like:
 
Hey everybody! I just ran 12 miles in the rain! 
 
What's up, world? I could have just eaten like 15 mini-cheesecakes but stayed strong. Go me!
 
Check out my muscle-y musculature!! It's so worth it to go to the gym at least 10 times a week!!
 
Makes you want to stab your couch-potato self in the eye.
 
But some time later, I found myself on the other side of the argument. After the birth of my second child, I realized I needed to make some serious lifestyle changes to improve my overall health. I began organizing a plan to eat better, as well as begin running again, with a goal of successfully completing at least one organized 5K race by September. 
 
When you begin a fitness plan, they say one of the best things you can do for motivation is to share your goals with others. Suddenly, those annoying status updates I'd laughed about made a lot more sense. Why not use social media to share your fitness goals? Instead of mocking those people offline, or hiding them from my news feed, I should have been encouraging them. 
 
So, the next time you see a fitness-related status update — especially one from a third-party app — think twice before scoffing. Better yet, think about possibly using one. I know I am. Here are some apps to consider:
 
This online health community recently launched an app for Facebook Timeline that allows you to easily share fitness status updates with friends. You can post your accomplishments, your favorite running routes, and your diet log. 
 
I'm actually thinking this is the one for me. This app tracks your runs in a very social way. When you announce the start of a run via social media, you receive a cheer every time someone likes or comments on the status update. 
 
This app for iPhone and iPad helps you locate running routes in your locale or when you're traveling, and also offers different training plans for 5K, 10K, half- and full-marathon runners. 
 
This app lets you track and share your exercise progress as a means of motivating and challenging others in your social networks. 
 
This very popular app and online community lets you track your physical activity and share it with your friends. It also features an activity feed on its main site that allows you to announce what type of activity you're performing and when. 
 
Do you use fitness apps? Do you like to share your progress with friends via social media, or do you prefer to keep such matters to yourself? 


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About the Author
Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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