Building your fitness support system is such an important part of maintaining a healthy, active, and fit lifestyle as well as pursuing your fitness goals. But what if you have to train on your own? Find out how on this weeks Running Coaches’ Corner.
The Power and Importance of A Fitness Support System
This post was sponsored by ACTIVEx, who gave me a gratis membership to review. ALL opinions are my own!
Strength in numbers, the power of the shout out, health and fitness tribes, we all know how beneficial it can be to feel that you have support, encouragement, and people who have expertise to help you along the way. But sometimes, it just isn’t possible to meet up with groups, your friends, or get in for a fitness class at a particular time. ACTIVEx aims to solve that problem by connecting you to the larger health and fitness community with the power of social media and your phone!
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook (groups and personal pages), running sites, and blogs-1-there are so many ways to get involved with the larger fitness community. But the problem is, where do you start when you are trying to build your fitness support system from scratch? Sure, I have plenty of people now (and you are some of them! So thank you!) who I can post about having a good or bad run and they will commiserate or virtual high five me, but when I was first starting out, I had no clue. I felt pretty alone at the beginning! The blog and my blogging networks has put me in touch with so many great friends, but blogging isn’t for everyone.
ACTIVEx Builds Your Fitness Support System
ACTIVEx is just that: a network and community of active individuals looking to do just that: get active in their fitness and active in the fitness community. Produced by The Active Network and Active.com (which so many of us know from races and workouts and more), ACTIVEx is an app that provides training plans, workouts, even group exercise classes that can be done virtually–and all the while, you can connect with others doing the same workouts (or not) and give each other shout outs and encouragement!
Sounds to me like the experience of being in a race and finding people to talk to along the way, seeing funny signs, anything to keep you going. But unlike a race, ACTIVEx can be accessed at any time. Also, you know how you are still wondering how that person is doing, all this time later?
Well, with ACTIVEx, you can create or join “packs” aka your own fitness tribe! You can have different packs as well–like your real life girlfriends (maybe you live across the country from each other), people who do strength training for running, people who like Tabata, etc. You can follow along with each other and hold each other accountable. Set goals for each other, and celebrate when you hit them!
ACTIVEx is A Training Tool
Beyond acting as a meeting place for you and your fitness tribe, ACTIVEx is also a training tool with the support of the fitness experts at Active.com. The training plans are designed by Active.com and ACTIVEx coaches, and there are 5k and 10k programs in the app. For many new runners, the information, guidance, and support provided by ACTIVEx could be HUGE for their training. I wish everyone could have a running coach, but this is a great alternative!
Something that I, as a personal trainer, was super happy to see is in-app coaching and guided exercises that enable you to complete each move and exercise effectively and safely. So many apps just assume that you know that you are doing, but that leads to many injuries and a lot of frustration as you keep falling short of your goals or stop seeing results. I know I’ve hit plateaus before with my training, but it turns out that I wasn’t doing the exercise properly–a few changes got me much better results.
Keeping Yourself Accountable with ACTIVEx
Oh, accountability. I think that one of the biggest reasons that so many reach out to or post our fitness goals and such on social mediums is for the accountability. Group fitness is another great example of the power of social support and pressure, and personal trainer illustrates the power of expertise as well as investment in keeping you accountable. When you have a class, are meeting friends, know that you are getting expert advice, or have invested monetarily in something… you are more likely to show up and to do the work, amiright?
Yes, I am always right. Alex says so and he is a doctor. So there. #itsscience
For those that need that extra motivation to get to the gym, to go outside for a walk, to get out of freaking bed, to do their strength training (RUNNERS), ACTIVEx might be the answer to your prayers. Post a goal, post your struggles, get support and feedback and get the encouragement to get yourself back at it!Grow your #fitness and #running support system with Coaches Corner! #fitfluential Click To Tweet
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And now it is time to link up with Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches Corner! I am also linking up with Patty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday.