7 Ways Using Twitter Could Improve Your Health

twitter-birdIf you’re on a quest to improve your health, a quick Google search will return countless how-to-guides. But, the information overload can make change feel pretty daunting…just where do you begin?

My advice in short is try Twitter!

If you’re not sure what Twitter is here’s a brief def:

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service which allows its you to send and read updates known as Tweets. These are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, which are displayed on your profile page and also delivered to your followers. You can send and receive Tweets via the Twitter website, SMS, or external applications.

Still not sure what Twitter is? Check out this video “Twitter in Plain English:”

So, just how can you use Twitter to improve your health. Here are 7 possibilities:

1. Gain new perspective
When you think of the many difficulties you may have trying to improve your health, it’s very easy to start thinking “woe is me,” and get a little inward looking.

But, by using Twitter you’ll be able to connect with others who are struggling too.  This will help you to see things from another person’s point of view, it’ll give you a chance to move forward in your own development, and it’ll help you to feel like you’re not alone.

2. Create accountability
Personally I see Twitter as a great way to publicly record your goals and therefore create a certain amount of accountability for your actions.

If you struggle with goal setting perhaps you’ve been trying to achieve too much in the past, and therefore Twitter could be just the thing for you.

3. Be more focused
The great thing about using Twitter is that it forces you to be brief, clear and to the point – remember you’re only allowed to use 140 characters per message.

So, what you end up with is a clear and concise description of your thoughts at that particular time, which will help to focus your mind on what you really want to achieve.

4. Share and get support
Think of it, you could Tweet about what you eat, how many calories you consumed that day, your daily exercise routine, your weekly weight loss, things you’re finding difficult or things that have gone well for you.

You can also Tweet about websites, books, or podcasts you’ve found useful in the hope that it will help others too.

You’ll probably find that your Twitter “friends” are very supportive, and will also share their tips and advice to help you out and encourage you further.

5. Ask questions
Twitter is a great place for getting almost instant answers to any question that is bothering you. If you tend to type lots of questions into Google, you could also use Twitter in this way to find answers.

You’ll find many Twitter users are well informed, and you’ll get a range of different answers to what you’d normally get from Google.

A simple to the point Tweet such as, “Hey guys! Anyone know a recipe for healthy granola bars?” will usually return a number of interesting comments. Or you could try, “I’m really struggling today with motivation to exercise…tips anyone?”

6. Get help from experts
If you follow a number of blogs you’ll probably find they also have a Twitter account. So, by subscribing you’ll be able to keep updated with their latest Tweets.

If you’re a bit stuck for time this can be particularly good because most users will Tweet their latest posts. This means you can choose easily which articles are of particular interest to you, and click through to the website to check it out. You’ll also be able to pick up short tips from the favourite “experts” on a daily basis.

If you want to find a particular topic being discussed in Twitter, try using the Twitter search. For example you can search for “weight loss tips” and you’ll find all the latest references to this topic on Twitter.

Don’t forget you can follow Dietriffic on Twitter, and I’d also recommend Health Castle and Diet Blog.

7. Have fun
I’d describe Twitter as one big party! You can check in and out of the fun all day to catch up with the latest and share your thoughts too.

So, use it to your advantage, share your thoughts, help others, but most of all have fun and enjoy the whole Twitter experience!

I’m by no means an expert on Twitter, and I’m pretty sure there are countless other ways you could use it to help you on your journey to better health. But, I hope this has made you at least think about the possibilities.

Most of us are using the Internet more and more these days for all sorts of things, why not use Twitter to help you gain better health too?

Do you use Twitter? Can you add anything to what I’ve said? I’d love to hear from you guys! Don’t forget to connect with me on Twitter too!

Best wishes!

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Melanie is a Registered Dietitian who started Dietriffic in March 2007. Her aim is to make good health attainable and sustainable, without guilt and torture, making her approach popular with those who desire a level-headed approach to good health. Have you got your copy of her free book yet?


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Steve Parker, M.D. June 6, 2009 at 2:33 am

I must confess: Twitter is one technology that I’m going to let pass me by. I just don’t have the time to twitter, or read others’ twits (tweets?).

By the same token, let me say that I was slow to switch from vinyl albums and cassette tapes over to buying CDs. I wish I had done that five years earlier than I did. I’m not what you call an “early adopter”!

-Steve

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Melanie June 6, 2009 at 4:21 am

Hi Steve,
LOL..yes it’s certainly not for everyone. In fact it took me a while to get into it too, but for many people it is a really useful resource.

Not really on the same level, but I feel a bit like you with my Dell laptop. Hubby would like me to stitch over to Mac and I’m trying to hold out as long as I can – don’t really want to learn a whole new way of doing things!! :-)

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laura Hennis June 7, 2009 at 2:47 am

Hi Melanie,
Im 20 years old from barkshire. You info from your web is exellent for the child section, it realy helped me alot anyway… I think it has something to do with the fact i already have two kids. ( twins atualy) and i dont have a partener to help me with them. So i never have time to eat any more. Although my partner is coming back from his work trip next week. I have three nanies coming tomorrow so i hope that i can have some time to “stuff my face”

Thanks for everything.

PS Please dont send back as the computer i am writing on has to be moved. ( we are moving in about two weeks time to ameria. I cant wait but my email will change sorry. so i dought this email will even reach you,but if it does thank congrat. Tarr Laura.

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Melanie June 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Hi Laura,
I’m glad you found my site! Hope you can get time for a much needed rest, sounds like you’re pretty busy!

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