What’s all this tweet about, you ask? If you haven’t jumped on the Twittering bandwagon yet, I must say you’re a little behind the Twitastic majority that have become obsessed with this microblogging, social networking tool. If you’ve heard about it and you’re one of those naysayers that think it’s all a bunch of “I ate this for lunch” or “I’m awesome and I like to write about myself” BS, then I would recommend you to think again.
In recent months, the fitness world found the Twitter world and, in the process, produced a little Twitter baby, also known as (what I’m calling) the 21st century fitness revolution. Yep, you heard right. Fitness fanatics and regular Janes alike are recording what they eat, their weight, their weight-loss goals, their workouts and providing motivational support for others right on Twitter. They’re Twittering (if you’re hip with the lingo) their entire weight-loss or healthy living experience all in 140 characters. It’s the modern day “food journal,” a tool that has produced several weight–loss success stories, including one from our very own fitness blogger. We’ve ditched the pen and paper for Tweets about our weight loss.
Before you’re quick to mock this digital phenomenon, doctors have twittered through a recent brain operation, foodies have received recent acclaim for twittering entire gourmet recipes in single Tweets (Yup, strudel pastry in 140 words). It has not only become a social networking tool, it’s now a research tool for the digital age. And, fitness fiends are taking full advantage.
Sites like TwitFitter.com have emerged as social networking sites for fitness Twitterers and bloggers to network and provide support to one another. Once you join the TwitFitter world, you have access to thousands of fitness fans just like you, or simply those looking to lose weight. Then, you can start “following” your fitness friends on their Twitters.
Others use applications on their smart phones like Tweetie or Twitteriffic for iPhone or Twitterberry for Blackberry to easily record what they’re eating right away. Some even snap Twitpic images of their dishes and include photos with their tweets. A recent study shows that those that snap pictures of what they’re eating become more conscious of what they put in their mouths. Consequently, they begin to eat healthier and eat less. Although Twitter provides similar results to a food journal, you’re able to have more immediate reactions to foods that you’re eating or foods that you have eaten by using Twitter on a mobile device because it's all right there at your finger tips.
One blogger has gone as far creating his own hash tag system (how you track Tweets on Twitter) for recording what he eats and when he exercises. Mostlygeekfl Twitters his exercise sessions (#exc), meals (#eat), weight (#w) and even his body fat percentage (#bf) using Twitter.
Don’t believe this phenom? See foods some fit Twitterers are eating and sharing with others—we could tell you what they've all eaten in the last few months (hash tag: #eat).
mostlygeekfl #eat+ #9:00a protein coffee shake mmm
jrbradley Day off the healthy lifestyle, had croissants with blackcurrent jam for breakfast, with green tea and OJ #eat
tpholmes Had lunch with @BCLobbyist at Cafe Marrakech in Quadra Street Village in Village - Excellent Moroccan Food! #eat
ghx1 #eat @59foodloft @bedok @sing - char siaw noodle - rice - dimsum - ice lemon tea - water chesnut - 16.5sgd
Twittering their own weigh-ins and finding support (hash tag: #weight)...
amerrylife Ok, ok. Last week #weight was 251.8. This week it's 249.4. Lost 2.4 pounds this week. :) This week will be even better!
fitat31 Only gobbling up 11.5 of my #Weight Watchers flex points while visiting home this weekend was a big accomplishment! Usually much worse! 4 days ago
mwinther #weight: 93.3 kg (-9.2 kg total). Finally starting to move again — about time! 6 days ago
joyntheir #Weightloss reminder: Best way to lose FAT by EXERCISE is to START! #fb #weight loss 6 days ago
asadouglas Today's #weight = 170.4 :: Day 48 of 100: Down 2 lbs - lost 13.6 lbs & 15.4 lbs to go by June 12. Wasn't I just here!? Feeling dehydrated! 8 days ago
johncachero 11 weeks into my #weight loss regiment, I've lost 27.5 lbs. total (-2.0 lbs. from last week's weigh-in). 9 days ago
iaincollins #weight 16 St 10 lbs. Going a bit slower recently. Had some reasonable exercise this weekend but a pizza last night cost me a pound! 11 days ago
To look up existing hash tags and Tweets categorized by tags, visit hashtags.org.
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