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Conquering Twitterbutt – How To Lose Your Twitter Love Handles

Twitterbutt 300x263 Conquering Twitterbutt   How To Lose Your Twitter Love HandlesOh my, how we love Twitter.  We love Twitter so much that we sit on our soft behinds in front of the computer for hours on end tweeting the latest articles, talking with our Twitter friends, and building our online relationships.  In return we are rewarded with new business, new friends, and new junk in our trunk.

I’m not sayin this is you… but many of us are suffering with what I call Twitterbutt.

If you’re a Twitter addict like most of us social media people are, chances are that you can log in to Twitter at 8am to start your day and the next time you notice what time it is it’s past 1pm when you can no longer stand the grumbling in your stomach.  You just sat there in one spot with your butt glued to the chair (or couch) for 5 hours.

So, what do we do?  Well, we get up and feed our hungry bellies, right?  While we’re snacking we sit back down in front of the computer to “just check in” on Twitter.  We engage and talk and become engrossed in our Twittering until we suddenly realize we can’t see the keyboard anymore because it’s 7pm and it’s completely dark in the room.

Okay…this explains WHY we are rocking our new Twitterbutt handle, but how do we get rid of the extra poundage and still stay engaged?

I became fed up a few months ago and decided to change my sedentary lifestyle before I became a permanent fixture in front of my computer.  Since I’ve begun practicing these few changes I’ve lost a little over 15 lbs.  Not a huge amount, but I can’t tell you how much better I feel when I am going up the stairs and being able to play with my kids without crumbling to the ground in a massive lump of sweaty, hyperventilating, sad sight.

How to Conquer Your Twitterbutt

1.  Set a schedule

Social media marketing doesn’t take all day in front of the computer.  It really doesn’t.  Start your morning by going through your RSS Reader for the best posts to Tweet and throw out a few links.  Save a few and use Hootsuite or another program to schedule others at later times during the day. (Noon to 3pm is busiest). Spend 30 minutes engaging on Twitter, thanking your followers for retweets, asking questions, and paying it forward.

This whole process should take no longer than one hour.  Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.  In between those times, turn off your Twitter platform so you are not tempted.

2.  Get Your Butt Up and Move

Don’t just say you’re going to do it.  Do it.  Schedule it in. Just get up and do it.

I started a MeetUp group to help me stay committed because I know I am a flake when it comes to exercise.  If I tell myself I’m going to exercise my mind and body fight it all day. Rather, I tell myself it’s time to go on my walk with my new friends.  We made this a regular habit at regular spots in our local parks and trails.  We started at 1 mile and have worked up to a faster pace and walking 3 miles.

I also schedule other fun stuff like volleyball, Zumba, Badminton or just throwing the football or frisbee around for 30 min.  Again, I schedule it.  It may not be easy to break your Twitter habit, but it does get easier.

3.  Take Breaks

Go ahead, do it….set the mouse down.  Walk away.  I know you can do it.

Go outside and enjoy the sunshine.  Feel your energy start to return as you get your mind off the computer screen.  These breaks will remind you that you love to be active outside of your Twitter world too.  You need these little boosts not only for encouraging more activity but they are also great to find inspiration for new blog posts or those witty Tweets you are so famous for.

4.  Track What You Eat

Are you a snacker? Or are you like me and just don’t eat at all until 8pm rolls around and then you splurge?  Either way, start tracking what your eating habits are and the nutrition your giving your body.

There are several social networks such as SparkPeople or MyFitnessPal that will help you track meals, nutrition and exercise.  I recently signed up for SparkPeople and have been using their online tools to enter my meals and track my goals.  Some of my goals are to eat 30-40 grams of fiber and around 1400 calories per day.  Yours may be different, but you can set those up and the sites are great at providing nutritional pointers.

5.  Exercise At Your Desk

Right now are you sitting straight up with your belly muscles pulled in?  Are you breathing deeply to expand your lungs or are you taking short breaths?  Just become aware of these things and begin to notice when you are slouching.

Just contracting your stomach muscles, releasing and contracting again while sitting at your desk is a modified crunch.  There are other exercises you can do while at your desk as well.  This blurb was taken from WebMD.com and has some great ideas to get more exercise in when you work at your desk all day:

“We are made to move, not sit at a desk 12 hours a day,” says Joan Price, author of The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book. “As ergonomic as your desk or chair may be, sitting produces back pains, headaches, and listlessness. You become less productive.”

Twitter rocks but with summer nearly here,  don’t you want your glutumus maximus to rock even more??  Get rid of the Twitterbutt and get your groove on with all of us!

What tips do you have for getting rid of Twitterbutt?  How have you fit exercise into your social media filled day?  Share them in the comments below for all to learn.

To Your Success,

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26 Responses to “Conquering Twitterbutt – How To Lose Your Twitter Love Handles”

  1. Rachel @ Shedding It
    Twitter: sheditandgetit
    (1 comments) says:

    Love these tips!! I definitely have to drag myself away from Twitter (and often Tweet from my Blackberry when working out, oy) but you’re right — you totally get your best ideas when you’re up and moving!

    I’ve also found that embracing low-key strength training that gives me high results has really helped because I can just jump up from my desk and do 10 or 20 minutes. I’m currently obsessed with the Core Fusion DVDs for that reason. They are my perfect way to take a Twitter break, and the stretching will keep you from getting a Twitter butt (and Facebook hunched shoulders!) The segments go by so fast and I realized, Wow, the world did not end because I stopped Tweeting for long enough to work my arms and abs!

    Also, I recommend following more health and wellness people on Twitter! Seeing them Tweet about workouts or post Twitpics of meals will motivate you AND when you need a little something, simply sending out a “I need gym motivation!” Tweet will definitely get you a bunch of responses!! You can always Tweet at me when you need that. ;)

    Keep up the good work…I’m sure your glutes will be damn fine for summer time!!

    • Coree (217 comments) says:

      Isn’t it so true…we think the world is going to end when we walk away from Twitter! It will be there when we get back and we’ll be able to find out what the hot topics are because we’ve given others a chance to chime in. This way we can add to a popular conversation…which is one of the best ways to gain attention.

      Great idea to follow more health & wellness people to send out those little mind flares. By the way, everyone…Rachel is one of those people you should be following!! Be sure to add her to your Twitter lists. :)

    • Tamyka Washington
      Twitter: theceomamma
      (2 comments)
      says:

      I love this post Coree and have recently implemented a lot of these same tips into my daily schedule because I was also developing…twitterbutt…lol!

      It really is important to actually schedule time for activity into your day or it most likely won’t get done!

      Thanks for sharing and reconfirming my action steps are moving in the right direction!

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  3. Dave Doolin
    Twitter: websiteweekend
    (4 comments)
    says:

    That’s a disgusting image… I love it!

    Scheduling workouts has been the best way for me to get it handled.

    Otherwise, I really do spend the whole day pounding away on it. Coding, though, not twitter.

    • Coree (217 comments) says:

      You should have seen the ones I had to wade through to find this one! Hahaha

      I’m with you, Dave…it’s all about scheduling the time. Without it I am just too easily swayed.

      Accountability partners have been a great help for me in that area too. If I know someone is expecting me I can’t let them down.

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  12. Printing solutions (5 comments) says:

    Ohhh, to have a torso like the one in photo #1. Think I’ll print and tape that to the pantry door! Good advice on losing your love handles.

  13. Keith (2 comments) says:

    Maybe you could help my BloggerButt too! LOL

    • Coree (217 comments) says:

      Yeah, seriously…between Twitterbutt and Bloggerbutt we have got some major workouts ahead of us! I’ll help you get up off your arse if you remind me to do the same! :)

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  18. GotChocolate (2 comments) says:

    Geez, and I thought I was the only one who had this problem. I’ve also gained 15 lbs. in the last year or so. But, or BUTT, I’m not putting up with that any longer. I started the Sough Beach Diet 4 days ago and already feel a TON better. I’m also more active.

    You are sure dead-on that the best ideas are when you are moving around. My only advice about that is to always have pen and paper or a mobile device so you can take note of all your fresh new blogging ideas!

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  21. kirsty (1 comments) says:

    Good thing that I don’t spend time with my twitter account and I am not addicted to it. I even forgot my password and not tempted log in on it.

  22. Rachel Blaufeld (1 comments) says:

    love this! yep — I have little twitter muffin top! Trying to get better with scheduling and adding exercise breaks to my day!
    I have found that yoga helps to take a break and stay off mobile twitter too! Rachel

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