As humans in a fast past world with obligations outside of keeping ourselves healthy, there is a need for us to hold each other accountable. How do we hold ourselves accountable? What if there was a way to check in on a website that is filled with people we admire and respect and witness on a daily basis? Does this sound familiar? It should, cause most likely you’re on it or know of someone who is participating in this social community on a daily, hourly, even minutely basis. Contributing to it, even if it is just a sentence. Yes, we’re talking about social networking; Twitter, Facebook, Linked in, and the list goes on.
Our main focus is going to be Twitter, considering that it’s simple and quick. The limit on character usage limits our desire to editorialize our efforts and/or excuses for why we did or didn’t take action to better ourselves. As I was checking in with my coach, he caught me editorializing my efforts and immediately pointed out, in spite of not getting my gym time in when I planned, I still got it done!
How do we check in quickly, effectively and in a language everyone will understand? Perhaps hash tags (#)? I’ve discussed with several other professionals in the field of strength & conditioning, health, and wellness regarding potential hash tags. And it’s gone through several versions, and I’m sure they’re will be many more, but most recently we’ve come up with Physical Activity Check in, hashed it looks like #PhysicalActivityCheckin or the short version is #PAC. For example: yesterdays #PAC was a workout at Anytime Fitness in Gig Harbor, WA. The main part of my workout was Dead Lifts and Turkish Get Ups with a Barbell. There was more to the workout, but hashing those two exercises leave open the possibility for other people to hash them and potentially inquire about technique, and ways of including them in their workouts.
Twitter appearance that used 124 of 140 character limit:
#PAC #PhysicalActivity#Checkin. #DeadLifts & #BarbellTurkishGetUps @ Anytime Fitness Gig Harbor WA (mentioned two other twitter users who’re inspiring this trend)
What is the ultimate goal with hashing this? I’d like to see hashing physical activity to become a trend, where tweeters all over the world are tweeting about their physical activity, being proud of what they’ve accomplished. Whether it’s 10 push-ups every hour, 100 burpees in a specific amount of time, personal record for a power cleans… the list can go on and on! A lot of other topics have had their trends, now its time for ours!
If you’re pondering the idea of hash tagging your physical activity, but not quite sure what to to hash, here is a short list. I’m inviting all of you to add to my list as many as you’d like! The sky is the limit!
#RDL (Romanian Dead Lifts)
Go wild!!! Let’s mention inspiring people we follow in our tweets as well to acknowledge those holding us accountable.
Lets get #Physical!