There are over 100 million people that participate in the photo sharing social network called Instagram. It is generally accessed via mobile devices since the pictures users post are confined to a distinct square shape that is typical of your phone’s camera. I’ve been using Instagram for over a year now, and it has become my go-to social network. I share pictures of the special little moments that take place in my life and I love seeing what others consider to be their special moments.
So what does this all have to do with fitness?
Instagram is a great way to chronicle your fitness journey. Whether you run, cycle, crossfit, do yoga, or all of the above you will find a community of athletes that use Instagram to share their goals, workouts, successes and failures. You might also be able to inspire some people along the way. I read a quote (posted on Instagram!) that said, “There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Inspire by how you deal with your imperfections.”
Through the use of hashtags (a system that groups pictures) you can connect with other users with similar interests, find information, and find lots of motivation. While I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon I often used the hashtag “#marinecorpsmarathon”. I was able to follow other people also training for the race. I even connected with another runner who ended up being from Oklahoma… and we ended up being on the same flight from OKC to DC! As a mom and a runner, I have found encouragement by following other mothers who run (a.k.a. #motherrunners). One of my favorites is mom, runner, and blogger Michele Gonzalez. Find her @nycrunningmama on Instagram. I like taking a peek at her workouts and seeing how she manages training and motherhood. I also love the pictures @speedymama posts of her awesome running views!
If you are interested in sharing your athletic endeavors and following others over on Instagram, here are a few ideas from my personal posts (You can find me on Instagram @aobigshoes) to get you started as an “InstaRunner”!
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