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Could social exercising help you stick to your fitness goals?

Now that it’s April it’s hard to believe the year began four months ago. It’s probably even harder to remember that resolution you made. You know the one that everyone makes – to lose weight, get back into shape, etc.

Exercise takes work. You have to put effort into finding a gym or routine you like. You want someone to motivate you on this quest and you want results instantly. However this daunting task and the responsibilities that lay behind it, make it often the easiest one to abandon first and table for next year.

Fortunately, that’s where social networking comes in and saves the day. With the way people are communicating online and sharing ideas, it didn’t take long for companies like Nike to realize how to utilize social media to get people motivated and excited about exercising. Even before social media became popular, Nike was the first to create an online network and community of people that shared feedback and created challenges for others to follow. They went as far as creating  special shoes made to fit a Nike+ sensor that synced back with your iPod and iTunes account to log your data on their site.

Today that same technology has been applied to a smartphone app. You no longer need Nike shoes or the Nike sensor, the app records your data, syncs beautifully with DailyMile and Path, and even allows you to share on Facebook. As friends comment on your Facebook post, those comments will show up on your phone and through the audio system.

Following the footsteps of Nike+, RunKeeper has also added a fun element to their app – FourSquare badges. The badges can only be earned if you track a route using the RunKeeper app. While browsing the app store the other day, I ran into another fun app – Fitocracy. The idea is simple.  You work out, you earn points towards badges while the online community cheers you on.

Given the advancements in technology and social media, if you own a smartphone you have no excuse not to stick to your resolutions this year. Especially since it’s so much fun if you’re the type of person who loves to share data on Facebook and Twitter or take on few challenges. What do you think? Do you think exercising socially while help us all get back into shape?

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