Let’s face it.. working out alone can be tough. We all want to get the recommended amount of physical activity in daily, but we get busy, tired, or just plain unmotivated. Improving health is made easy with meetup.com. This was unknown and somewhat uncomfortable territory for me, however after signing up for an account a whole new world is at my fingertips! Hiking, biking, running, yoga, dog walks, ping-pong tournaments, and so much more are all groups that I can join that are within 5 miles from where I live that incorporate my interests.
Meetup focuses on people finding others locally that share interests and can participate in a huge range of group events and activities.
Just by joining a few groups, I already have 27 possible meetups to attend, and by entering my location I have 321 meetups nearby!
“Social Media Update” from the Pew Research Center shows that while Facebook has the highest number of users, other social media platforms have higher rates of growth. Meetup is not mentioned specifically, however this platform has so much potential to be used in many different ways. After signing up for an account and clicking a few different boxes sharing your interests, groups are presented that you have the opportunity to join. Health, wellness and exercise in many forms are all interests that can be chosen by the participant and then they are able to choose specific events (or start their own group/event) to attend that highlight their interests.
The in-person aspect makes meetup extremely unique when it comes to social media. This is not a site that you simply join and post online- you attend events, spend time with people actually participating in the activities that share common interests. This actual meet up transcends all generations, especially those that aren’t completely tech-savvy or simply prefer in-person interaction. “Social Media Update” also emphasizes the large number of the 65+ population that are now using various platforms of social media, and this hybrid meetup formula could be the beginning of these seniors using social media to improve their own health.
The “meetup” adds a community component to fitness and exercise, and this element of support and encouragement can really aid in success of health goals. Participants in these events know that they are not struggling by themselves, and they can form relationships within their meetup groups that may help them stick to their fitness targets and be accountable to more than just themselves.
So what do you say… you wanna meetup offline?