Oh 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,
April 20, 2010 26 Comments