When we talk about getting healthy and adopting a healthier lifestyle, we rarely think of sitting down in front of a computer to write a blog. Instead, most of our energy seems to be focused on getting up and moving. While that is a good thing, you can make blogging work for your health.
Maybe you already have a blog, or maybe you are just thinking of starting a health blog. If you don’t have one already, you will need to find an appropriate and relevant domain name, set up web hosting, and select a theme or design for your site. Once you have these things in place, you can get started blogging.
If you want to make blogging work for your health, what kind of things are you going to blog about? Here are 5 ideas for you.
Keep Track of What You’re Doing
A blog is a great place to log your workouts. There are even templates that let you do that. This might not be your most popular posts, but it helps you have a place, an online journal if you will, to record the things that you are doing.
Often the danger of gym workouts is that we tend to fall into a rut and do the same things over and over again. A record on your blog of what you are doing can help you not only see that pattern but break out of it. This is often why we don’t see progress toward our fitness goals.
This can also help you if you hire a coach or a trainer. They can look at what you have been doing, and the direction you want to go, and then give you the guidance you need to get there. For instance, if you have a 10K fun run coming up, your focus will be much different than if you are focusing on getting in better shape for rock climbing. Cardio might be a more important focus for the run, while upper body strength and grip may be more important for rock climbing.
Using your past workouts, your current physical fitness, and your goals either you or a trainer can set up a workout program that will get you where you need to go.
Log Your Diet
While working out is important, fitness is about 80% what you eat and 20% what you do. This means that keeping track of your diet is even more important than tracking your exercise. There are several debates about what constitutes the best diet, and there is no one-diet-for-all answer.
Some people need to limit calorie intake, especially if they are more sedentary at work. Others need to limit fat, or eat a high protein, low carb diet. Often medical conditions interfere with that as well. If you are anemic, you will need to take in more iron. If you are pre-diabetic, you will have to watch your sugar intake.
Either way, blogging both your food and your fitness logs gives you a way to look back on what you are doing, where you have had failures and where you are making progress. This information can be useful to your doctor as well when you are seeking advice for weight loss and fitness.
This record can also be an inspiration to others, readers following your journey. Sharing your plans, struggles, and victories can not only help you stay on track, but can lead others towards better health.
Find a Community
Besides your diet and exercise, your blog content should include your story: where have you come from and where are you going? What are your goals and what inspires you? Who do you look up to in your fitness community?
All of this will help you connect with others who are also seeking a healthier lifestyle. They may have tips and tricks to offer you while the opposite may be true as well. Establishing a community also opens you up to doing group activities and exercise that will not only allow you to mix up your routine, but to challenge yourself, learn, and progress as well.
Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to really get fit. The stronger your community, the more likely you are to succeed.
A community has an added benefit, one we briefly mentioned above but that bears emphasizing. A community can hold you accountable through your blog. Some of your readers may be local, and friends and family, but some may be from far away as well. This can have advantages. You will have those you can reach out to day or night.
If you skip going to the gym, if you do not post your diet for a day, and if you are just silent about what you are doing, having a group of readers that will call you on it and even express concern goes a long way. While they may not be actually at your gym, they are a virtual part of your workout team.
Accountability is the number one reason people fail at both fitness and diet. It is easy to make excuses to yourself, it is harder to make them to a group of people. Use your blog to stay accountable to the community you have built.
See Your Progress
It is also easy to lose sight of where you have come from. If you start out overweight and barely able to do a pushup and now you are down twenty pounds and doing thirty pushups a day, you have made significant progress. When you are sore or tired, it is easy to still see how far you have to go rather than how far you have come.
A health blog lets you see that progress in a physical and tangible way. When you are discouraged it is easy to look back, reach out to your community, and get back on track with what you should be doing with both your food and your exercise.
We don’t often think of blogging when it comes to getting fit, but you can make blogging work for your health by following these few simple steps.