One of the dangers of posting on Facebook and other social media sites is that posts can be taken the wrong way, which is exactly what seems to have happened to Maria Kang, a 32-year-old mother of three and fitness competitor. Kang posted a photo of herself in a workout bra and shorts, with her three kids, showing off her toned body, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” However, rather than seeing it as motivational, many Facebook users lashed out at Kang.
If you tend to like exercise- and activity-based Facebook pages, are you in shape? Conversely, do all of those likes of TV shows paint the picture of someone more obese? That’s what some researchers from Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital, and San Diego State University wanted to figure out. They took geographic data of Facebook likes, comparing them to obesity levels, finding that areas where more people liked TV shows on Facebook also tended to be areas with higher obesity rates.
Working out is becoming a more social experience, with Facebook friends offering support on a tough hill or the homestretch. Endomondo knows this, as the application recently deepened its Facebook integration to include the ability to tag friends, as well as to post photos and status updates once the workout is done.
The joy of working out with Facebook-connected applications is that even if users are not jogging or cycling with someone in person, they can have the support of their friends list in their pockets. As Steve Kusmer, CEO of Abvio (developers of Runmeter, 5K Runmeter, Cyclemeter, and Walkmeter) points out, users are much more likely to not only keep using fitness apps, but also to stay on track with their exercise goals, if they connect with Facebook.
What’s the biggest resolution everyone makes on Jan. 1? Lose weight and be healthier. There are several Facebook applications that can help with this goal and other popular New Year’s resolutions, such as traveling, finding a new job, and reading more.
Sports and fitness mobile application Endomondo has seen traffic like the gym on Jan. 2, reaching the 10 million-download mark and saying that its users share 50,000 workouts daily on Facebook.
Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions, losing weight and and quitting smoking, are more easily kept through using Facebook applications that tap into positive peer pressure.