If you're a woman, you've probably heard of Pinterest. If you're a man, keep reading because I promise that there's value for you here too. When I first heard of Pinterest, I had the same reaction as when I first heard about the iPad: that sounds asinine! What possible utility could that have?? Well, suffice it to say that I use Pinterest on my iPad a lot...I'm addicted to both.
What is Pinterest? It's a website that lets you organize and share things online that you like. You create online "boards" (think of them as bulletin boards), where you "pin" all of the things you like. If you find something online, you pin it to a board (with a pin button that you download from their website). If you see something in the real world that you like, you take a picture of it, upload it, and pin it to your board. You can create pin boards for anything you want...wedding planning, crafts, interior design, books, quotes, recipes, fitness...whatever your heart desires. It basically helps you organize all the things you like into one central area...It's like online window shopping!
But beyond the fun and dreaminess of Pinterest, I've discovered that it has additional value. It serves as a great resource to find new workouts, fitness tips, nutrition advice, and recipes. For example, I have a board for Vegetarian/Vegan Recipes, and I've been able to search Pinterest to find awesome recipes that folks have collected from the web or their own kitchens. I also have a Health/Fitness board, where I've pinned some great strength workouts, tips on busting up the boredom for treadmill workouts, and inspirational quotes or pictures.
|One of the sayings I posted on my Health/Fitness board...|
I also pinned some yoga workouts from Mind, Body, Green, a No Equipment Workout You Can Do Anywhere from ivillage, and the Ultimate Arms and Abs Workout from Shape. Those are just a few examples.
Like on Facebook or Twitter, people can follow your pin boards on Pinterest, and you can follow theirs if you want. While it's not going to be the definitive source for all things health and fitness-related, it's another resource that has some interesting and fun ideas, tips, and motivations. So check it out, pin some favorites of your own, and enjoy getting to know another online resource for your fitness...
Do you Pinterest? If so, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll let you know how you can follow me....