We all have them, that "friend" or "follower" who feels the need to update us of their every move via twitter or foursquare. This lead me to question what affect, if any, does social networking have on one's personal Fitness goals.
Social support from family and friends is an important predictor of physical-activity behavior and has been consistently related to activity. It is very difficult for an individual to adhere to an exercise program when there is a lack of support at home.
Imagine trying to adapt to a new healthier lifestyle. You've made it through the day without folding only to go home and be tempted once again by your families not so healthy eating habits. It goes without saying, it is much easier to adapt and maintain a new lifestyle change when others around you not only support you but actively take part in it.
So just how does a networking site like twitter play into this idea of social support. Twitter functions almost as your absentee personal trainer/workout buddy/nutritionist. Tweet that you don't really feel like working out today, you'll probably receive responses from friends encouraging you that hard work pays off (followed by #nodaysoff of course). Tweet about that healthier choice grilled sandwich you just had for lunch, accompanied by the not so healthy waffle fries and milkshake (word to @_rockwithme) I'll probably respond with "smh... a hot mess".
The behavioral change doesn't necessarily come about because of the response but more so how they make us feel. When we don't feel like working out but we're encouraged to do it anyway 7 times out of 10 we'll actually suck it up and make the trip to the gym (statistics by no means scientific) These small actions usually have a much bigger ripple effect causing us to adapt and maintain a healthier lifestyle.. So the next time you're struggling with your weight-loss/fitness goals Tweet Away.