How to Use Pinterest to Jump-Start a Healthier Lifestyle
Making the conscious choice to live a healthier life is wonderful, but sometimes deciding on a course of action is much easier than actually embarking on it. Changing your diet and routine can be very difficult, especially in a time when most people spend the majority of their day in front of a computer screen, or glued to their smartphone.
You can use that to your advantage, however, by incorporating social media into your healthy-living plan. One of the best social media platforms to work with is Pinterest.
Visually Appealing Recipes
Pinterest’s basic platform is very visual, which makes hunting down recipes easy and appealing. Recipes are one of the most popular types of “pins,” so start by creating a “Healthy Recipes” board and then scouring Pinterest for recipes that sound best to you and your new diet plan.
The more recipes you pin, the more you might want to expand, creating boards for categories of recipes: “Low Carb Recipes,” “Vegetarian Recipes,” etc. This helps organizing the information, and makes eating healthy as easy as the click of a button.
Create an Individualized Exercise Plan
When starting any type of diet, it is important to also implement an exercise program. This is another vague area that people just are not sure where to go to get their information. Many feel they need to join an expensive gym to be able to effectively exercise. However, this is not the case.
Pinterest has thousands of pins dedicated to exercise. There are exercise boards that focus on every type of exercise and every muscle. This can help to create an individualized exercise plan that can accommodate the needs and fitness level of anyone.
While trying to start any type of diet and exercise program it can be physically and emotionally frustrating. Pinterest can help with that because it is, after all, a social media site. It’s a community where people come together to share and collect information, so get involved and follow other people and boards who have similar goals. This can help create a network of support.
Besides recipes and workout plans, Pinterest has a host of motivational images and infographics that might help spur you on or refocus your efforts.
Pinterest is easy and portable. You can take your recipes and exercise plan wherever you go with the Pinterest app on your smartphone. Therefore when grocery shopping, the recipes that have been placed on the healthy eating board are accessible, which means no more forgetting the ingredient list at home. This makes the process of shopping or following an exercise routine that much easier.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. She specializes in social media marketing and health & wellness, and as such understands the benefits of using social media sites like Pinterest to learn how to live healthier on a day-to-day basis.