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Join Me In Twit2Fit – The Twitter Wellness Experiment
Join Me In Twit2Fit – The Twitter Wellness Experiment

It started with an innocent Tweet.

JasonFalls Wife and I are discussing a family YMCA membership. Could it be that I might start exercising? Stay tuned …

And, after a couple of responses, I threw this out there:

JasonFalls If I, Mr. 275 pounds and no exercise since 1988, will commit to a consistent exercise program, I want 50 followers to do the same. Takers?

Never understimate the power of your Twitterati. As of 10 p.m. ET Monday night, just five hours after calling on takers, I counted 28 different folks who either said, “I’m in,” that they’re already involved in a fitness goal but are with me or wanted to lend support in some way. Several others chimed in to say, “You go!” or offer other insights or suggestions.

I don’t need 50 people to inspire me. I just need 28 of the folks who think my random brain smatterings are worthwhile enough to click, “Follow.” So today I’m hoping anyone wishing to improve their health, be it through fitness or diet or both, will join me in a Twitter experiment.

Twit2FitI’m calling it Twit2Fit – using Twitter to support and inspire one another to improve our wellness, whether it be through diet, exercise or even spiritual health. Let’s use one another as a check point to keep everyone focused on their goals. Even if it’s just a daily checkin with a Tweet that reads, “Walked 30 minutes this morning. Avoided greasy lunch. Not bad for a Tuesday.” Know that there are folks out there also focused on improved wellness who are supporting you, cheering you on and keeping you honest.

Laura Fitton (@Pistachio on Twitter) reports she has used hashtags (tags with a “#” in front that are tracable and trackable if you follow @hashtags on Twitter) for, “small, self-imposed exercise/new habits, challenges.” She used #21day for example to track fitness-related entries for what I assume is a commitment to the 21-days makes a habit theory of exercise. I would propose we use #twit2fit as our hashtag (be sure to follow @hashtag) and even subscribe to the feed of a Tweetscan of the term. This way we can all participate as a community of interested parties, following one another and reporting our own ups and downs. Just report your progress on your fitness or wellness, vent, ask for support or lend support to someone else and slap on the “#twit2fit” tag. Together, we can all work to become a healthier group.

In my conversations Monday night, I asked for advice on some web-based tools that would help us stay on track. Several good ones emerged, including, and But we don’t need to go signing up for yet another social network to be unified here. We can just use Twitter to our advantage and make it function for us in this regard. Other ideas for group support I saw included starting a public wiki, using Google Docs with everyone invited to contribute to a master log or even building out our own Ning community. But I fear the complexity of it would hinder participation and success. Twitter is where we are. It’s instant, it’s simple. We can communicate about wellness there just like we communicate about other things. Why complicate matters?

For the record, though, I believe I’m going to try out for my own personal tracking. I’ll certainly report back as well, but it seems to be the most success-centric of the tools I’ve found. For starters, there’s a Gyminee blog. I can subscrbe to the RSS feed and get the every-so-often reminder that I need to log in and update my information. Of the fitness and wellness support sites I’ve seen, Gyminee and both seem the most web 2.0 friendly.

Another reason I didn’t want to recommend we all go join some site and be friends with each other there is the fact that everyone defines success differently. I am not putting a weight loss goal down as where I want to go. Some others may feel like 20 pounds is success. I’m 35-years-old, have weighed at or near 275 pounds for the last 20 years, and I have two children. Seeing them both as adults is success. Just a 30 minute walk every other day may be all I need to get there. It may take more, but putting a destination down on paper only gives me an expectation that may be unreasonable. My goal is to try, to do more in the way of taking care of myself and to hopefully reap the benefits from that action.

What started this all is a discussion my wife and I had about a family membership to our local YMCA. There are great activities for my son, who is three, and several friends with children are looking into summer memberships now that a newly-opened swimming pool dons our closest facility. Since there’s a YMCA not too far from my office as well, Nancy and I have both committed to using the family membership for us as well as our children. If you aren’t a member of your local YMCA, I would encourage you to look into it. Membership supports fantastic programs for children in addition to providing you with your wellness needs.

My plan is to use my local YMCA, but also to commit myself to daily walks, monitoring and controlling the amount and what I eat and, for the first time in my life, cutting back on the number of sodas I drink. (For those of you who don’t know me, I’m probably looking at about 200 or more ounces of diet soft drinks per day. And, no, that’s not an exaggeration. My kidneys contain the same ingredients as Duracell batteries.)

Here’s the starter list of the Twitterati who have, in some way, initially indicated a commitment to join me, or that they are already involved in a fitness program and are happy to coincide. Follow them and let’s help one another:

@ConversationAge, @MarinaMartin, @vdegeorge, @SuzeMuse (and her dog), @markfrisk, @aronado, @OutlanderUSA, @shey, @beiting, @leeodden, @marcthollander, @Owlbert, @mammaren, @marobella, @krusk, @ashleycecil, @smorty71, @JustinSeeley.

About the Author

Jason Falls
Jason Falls is the founder of Social Media Explorer and one of the most notable and outspoken voices in the social media marketing industry. He is a noted marketing keynote speaker, author of two books and unapologetic bourbon aficionado. He can also be found at
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  • Thanks for sharing this.

  • Thanks for sharing this.

  • I'll post the same information to my blog, thanks for ideas and great article.

  • That's the great article! I just pass 'n read it, two thumbs up! ;)

  • tabathalupien

    Salt or sodium is vital for all living creatures. For humans, if used in excess it can cause cardiovascular problems and hyper tension. Also I read a free diet plan saying that salt also keeps water in our body and all the toxins that would be flushed otherwise. We all should try and keep track of our salt consumption every day.

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  • Catsy86

    Hey Jason! I want to join! I think its a good idea..

  • Hi Jason
    I am working with AAOS (Amer. Acad. of Orthopedic Surgeons) to make exercise more social with this fb app. Wondering if you could check it and maybe help us promote it. AAOS is a non profit which seeks to educate the public about health.

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  • Really great idea, just saw this a few minutes ago on mediaphyter’s blog. Count me in! @mitchellashley

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  • Hi Jason,

    I just joined your group. Here’s a place where everyone can get free fitness/wellness videos.



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  • Amazing idea. I’m featuring your video on the Community Spotlight on Monday:

    Keep an eye out and I’m planning on joining when I’m back from my honeymoon! :)

  • Jason,

    Thanks for pulling this together! In November I stopped drinking soda – partially to give up my 4 a day Diet Coke habit. I have been drinking water, water, more water, coffee, tea and did I say water? I no longer crave or even want soda. Everyone says my skin looks amazing. I have tons of energy and I have lost 12 lbs. Now I need to add the exercise component back in, but giving up soda was truly a good thing.

  • @ J: do you get to take a break from your workout/health goals each time twitter goes down ;)?

    Seriously though, that’s awesome man. Good luck!

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  • PG

    finally about to turn my camera on and give twit2fit some love at

  • Amazing idea Jason!

    I have been doing triathlons for about (5) years but, I always slack until several weeks before the race and always get mediocre results. I am joining you guys and I’ am excited to report a much more proactive approach to training & exercise especially now that other people are *interested* in hearing about it ;=}

    you kick ass man! and everyone else who is doing this. Thanks


  • Hi,

    I never actually said “I’m in.” but I joined anyway. I embarked on my weight loss routine early last week after realizing (like trisharjackson) that I was nearing the last of my jeans-that-still-fit. I signed up to last week as well and it’s pretty awesome. I was using #weightloss on twitter to track my progress, but this works just as well! And #twit2fit has fewer letters. ;)

    It always helps to motivate and be motivated!


  • PG

    twit2fit will be the focus of my w8 loss wednesday video tomorrow for sure. my tens and tens of readers will be properly schooled.

  • Gang, I’m humbled, surprised and excited by the response … not just here but on Twitter as well. Let’s spread the movement and get Twit Fit! I’m as motivated and excited about exercise and dieting as I have ever been thanks to all of you. With apologies to Mr. Brogan, you are my rock stars!

  • Okay, I love half the people that responded to this. Ask not whether you’re in that half, but rather are you half… Cheers!

  • Twit2Fit FTW!

  • I’ve been searching for a walking partner. Anyone in Lexington KY? I’m @mariadkins on Twitter…

    This is a very good idea, Jason. I’m in. :)

  • My cholesterol is too high, and I’ve been putting off eating better and exercising regularly for far too long.

    I want in.

  • Ivanp

    I just started twittering so this is a great idea. I’d like to recommend for those who want to be able to get free workouts and log on your mobile devices (PPC, Palm, java or iphone). So that’s real convenient. It really helps that I can schedule my workouts so I can follow a program and the workout is automatically downloaded onto my device. check it out people

  • That is a good idea Jason and props to you for recognizing the positives and negatives of your own lifestyle. No matter the weight, everyone could benefit from exercise. It is also possible to weigh 115 and not have good cardio or dietary practices.

    Hiking is a good way to improve your cardio and endurance as well. There are a number of great hiking trails around Louisville. Bernheim Forest, the waterfall across the street from Fort Knox (I forgot the name), Clifty Falls, Otter Creek Park, Taylorsville Lake.

    I know when I lived in San Francisco, I’d do this trail called the Sand Ladder trail and it started on the cliffs and went down to the beach. If I didn’t do the hike for a while, then I’d be winded and cramped up really fast. If I did it once or twice a week, then I didn’t really need to stop along the trail for rest. It was a short trail but it was very steep. I felt much better about myself mentally and physically after doing that.

  • YMCA membership…check
    2 kids I want to see grow up…check
    somewhat unhealthy lifestyle to tweak…check

    Needed this motivation right now. Thanks.

  • All I can say at this point is WOW. Thanks for all the comments, support and buy in. Now help me find a use for … I own it. Now let’s crowdsource a use for it.

    We need an idea … wiki, hashtag aggregator and organizer, forum, blog, Ningy thingy? Anyone? Need developer/designer, have Justin’s kick-ass logo to work with. I’ll pay for hosting. Maybe we’ll get a sponor to offset those costs, maybe not.

  • I’m in, baby! Just scored myself a Wii Fit this weekend and I guess I’ll have to start using it frequently :)

  • PG

    I like this idea a lot! I have been trying to get down to my goal weight since last fall. Topped out around 250. Got down to 219 before the year end holidays. Went back up to 230. Started doing video segments (W8 Loss Wednesday, inspired by Scott Townsend a user at on my site after the new year. Back down to 213. Have crept back up to 220 recently though. This might be a good kick in the pants to get me going again.

    So yeah, count me in. With any luck I will be at goal weight soon, but I still need to be fitter.

  • Jason- what a fantastic idea! never underestimate the power of Twitter-here,here!

  • Hey Jason,

    This is such a great idea, and it’s awesome to see people who want to use Twitter for such a positive reason!

    I lost 30 pounds last year and since have put some of the weight back on. I’d like to get back down to where I was, and just be healthier in general.

    I’m always motivated by others when it comes to eating healthy and weight loss so look forward to working with you and the others to reach our goals!

  • @trisharjackson

    Jason, as I cried this morning about the fact that I now only have 2 pairs of work pants that fit, this is the PERFECT way to start my short week. I look forward to this commitment!

  • Jason,

    I think this is such a great idea. I agree with Marobella about telling people through this article and making it public. It’s the same with me. A Twit2Fit meet-up would be cool. Who would’ve thought that one “innocent Tweet” would’ve turned into this. And to think I almost became a “bitter Twitter Quitter” due to their recent problems. I’m glad I stayed.

  • KatFrench

    Great idea, Jason, and one I’ll be passing on to DH Chris (he’s been debating starting a weight loss thread for guys on our church’s private message board for a while).

    Might I also recommend for those who are going to be tracking their diet? The database of foods whose nutritional information is already there is quite impressive, and adding new foods is fast and simple.

  • Hey Jason,

    They say the first step in commitment is to tell people that you are taking the step. Telling people through the Twit2Fit is brilliant. Maybe we can get Tony Little or someone to endorse it ;)

    Bring it!


  • Gosh I could not get into my jeans earlier this week… but gee I hate exercise. It’s so hot, sweaty and boring.

    I went for a waddle in the park the other day because I was able to wedge myself into a pair of jeans.

    I’m in.

  • I started on a program about a month ago. I love the idea of twit2fit! Consider me in. I’ll also look into gyminee. Thanks!

  • Jason, this is a great idea and the more that are involved, the larger the “support group” will be and the better this is going to be. Some of that are located here in Louisville should consider getting together – maybe a 1st Annual Cherokee Park .5K?

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