Can Social Media Motivate You to Exercise?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Motivational messages can help you stay on track with your workouts.
Air Date: 10/13/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michele Stanton, Walking Coach
Michelle StantonMichele Stanton is a walking coach ( and ACE-certified fitness instructor, has been inspiring and motivating people to get active for more than 20 years.

Michele is the author of Firm Up in 3 Weeks and Walk Off Weight, and co-author of Walk Your Butt Off! As the former Fitness Director of Prevention magazine, she created a marathon walking program and coached thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons across the country. Michele has also produced and appeared in more than a dozen exercise DVDs and created numerous audio workouts.

Michele has been a presenter at the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit, serves on the Board of Directors for ACE, and is a member of the Every Body Walks Collaborative. She has written for a variety of publications, including Self, More, Weight Watchers, and Shape magazines. Her numerous media appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser, CNN, USA Today, and NPR.
Can Social Media Motivate You to Exercise?
Even though you may not like how obsessed our society has become with social media, a new study shows that it might actually be beneficial when it comes to your health.

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Prevention Medicine Reports found that social networks can actually help you stay motivated to work out, especially during cold months.

In a randomized controlled trial, researchers created a website where 217 graduate students enrolled in free exercise classes. Some of the participants received promotional messages (including motivational videos and infographics on fitness tips), while the other participants did not receive anything.

What did the researchers find after the 13-week study?

Walking coach, Michele Stanton, shares how social media networks can help you stay motivated to work out.