The most important thing I’ve learned this week is that although I don’t like to workout, I like to play. And play is more fun if you do it with someone else. So, I did a bit of research to see if I could find a few websites that might provide social interaction and motivation without the need to join a gym.
I found five. Some I’ve tried before and some are new to me. I’m going to choose a couple to try and then stick with my favorite.
Spark People is a free website with over 15 million members. The website is great and they have an app for use when you’re on the go. You can personalize a fitness and diet plan, get encouragement and support from others, and even find healthy recipes. I have this app on my phone – going to give it another try.
Are you a fan of The Biggest Loser? The Biggest Loser website gives you online access to the same program used by the contestants on the show. You can join for free although they offer a premium program too. On the site you can track your calorie intake, daily exercise, and measurements. You can also find healthy recipes and a community of “losers” with whom you can connect.
My Fitness Pal offers a free calorie counter with a huge data base to use on-line. They also offer more than ten apps to use when your away from home. You can track both calorie intake and calorie burn, read the community message boards, and find tips and suggestions. It doesn’t have the same cheerleader feel of the first two sites, but provides a good straight up source for keeping a track of your progress.
Fitness.com provides many of the same things as the sites listed above with the addition of a search engine to help you find a gym in your area. One of my favorite things on this site is a recipe I found for Salsa Shrimp Dip. Yum!
Social Workout is place where you can quickly set up a group challenge for 2 to 500 of your family, friends, or co-workers. You can set personal goals for your workout. But you can also track other goals like stress-management, diet tracking . . . even logging your gratitude. There are hundreds of goals from which to choose, and you can even post your progress from Social Workout directly to Facebook.
Which site are you going to try?
Do you have a favorite fitness website or plan you follow?
Do you have a go to site for healthy recipes?
Whose fitness blog is a must read?
Enjoy a blessing filled weekend lived with gratitude.