For those of you who haven’t heard of a little corner of the Internet called Pinterest (have you been living under a rock?), it is a place to share ideas, learn fun tips, and get sucked into spending endless hours scrolling downwards. In fact, it’s the fastest growing site on the Internet. Here’s a few fun Pinterest facts according to an article on Forbes.com:
- Pinterest has grown from 1 million users in July 2011 to more than 20 million today (that’s just over a year in time).
- About 70% of Pinterest users are women.
- Forbes predicts that Pinterest could become the next social media giant…so long Facebook!
Pinterest is a great resource for Do-It-Yourself-ers. It’s a virtual pin board where you can find links to crafting blogs, tasty cooking recipes, easy DIY tips, and inspirational quotes and pictures. But when scrolling down Pinterest, you’re more likely to come across baked goods recipes and decadent dessert pictures than dieting and exercising tips. And spending endless amounts of time “pinning” usually means forfeiting time to go make healthy choices…like working out.
Melinda Johnson from US News jokes, “A popular quote that’s frequently pinned on the website sums it up: ‘Honey, can you pick up pizza? I spent all day pinning healthy recipes on Pinterest.'” However, she says that you can turn Pinterest into a helpful health tool. In her article, Make Pinterest Your Personal Health Coach, she gives a few tips on how to make browsing a little less tempting and a little more motivating.
Here’s some of her advice:
- Follow dietitians that post healthy recipes and motivational quotes. Fill your home page with healthy tips rather than high-calorie recipes. Johnson recommends following the pin board “Healthy Aperture”, which is a shared pin board where people post healthy tips to motivate each other.
- Schedule your “Pinning” – allot yourself a certain amount of time to browse Pinterest. Sitting in front of the computer is a sedentary activity that doesn’t use much mind power or body power. Losing yourself in “pins” can be relaxing for 15 to 20 minutes a day. After looking up motivational workout tips or healthy eating recipes, log off and put them into action.
By giving your Pinterest a healthy makeover and practicing a little bit of self control, you can make it a healthy living tool.
You can find me on Pinterest, although I’m not sure how motivating my links will be. Happy Pinning!