Last month, Maria Kang became one of Facebook’s most famous users, or most infamous, depending on individual reactions, when a photo of the 32-year-old mother of three and fitness competitor in a workout bra and shorts, with her three kids, showing off her toned body, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” went viral and spurred mountains of feedback, both negative and positive. Earlier this week, Kang was temporarily banned from Facebook due to her post about a Daily Mail article that featured plus-size women posing in lingerie.
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.
Virginia Beach, Va., is the most fit U.S. city on Facebook, the social network concluded by examining fitness-related mentions, check-ins, and use of fitness applications in cities with at least 200,000 users over a three-month period.
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.
Facebook announced Tuesday that the application modules it introduced for Timeline in March have now been rolled out to all users, encouraging app developers in a post on its developer blog to incorporate these sections into their apps
Facebook has been experimenting with ways that allow users to be more expressive — such as structured status updates and more info in the “about” section. The social network Friday announced new open graph actions that let people tell a little more about what they’ve done through Facebook-connected applications.
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.
Many Facebook applications help users get into shape or keep steady fitness regimens. Not all of them have become as wildly popular as RunKeeper, which was in the spotlight Tuesday on Facebook’s developers blog. RunKeeper found that those who connected their Facebook accounts to the app were much more active in real-life.