Most people think LinkedIn is only for business professionals looking to network into the right job or meet other people in the same industry. Although this may have been the reason that it was created, it certainly is not the only way it can be used. LinkedIn Health is a term I use when describing ways the social networking site LinkedIn can improve your health.
Have you ever thought that LinkedIn could be used to get you fit?
If you answered, no. Read on.
LinkedIn can be used for health and fitness in several different ways. You just have to know how to use it. The below list shows 7 different ways you can use the social networking site LinkedIn to help you develop the body of your dreams, keep you accountable for your workouts and gain a deeper understanding of fitness.
LinkedIn Health: 7 Ways to Use This Amazing Business Tool
1. Join a Fitness Group
There are hundreds of active fitness groups on LinkedIn. Accountability is very important in health and fitness and joining a group (or several) can be a great way to stay engaged and meet new people in the fitness industry. If you see someone posting comments in the group and those comments have inspired you in some way, feel free to connect with them. Since you are a part of the same group you can invite them to join your network. Then take the relationship further by asking them questions or thanking them for helping you.
Groups are also a great place to share struggles. For example, I am a part of the LinkedIn group BodyBuilding.com. If I hurt my shoulder lifting weights, for example, I could easily post a comment to the group about what happened, and I would get several qualified answers from industry professionals.
2. Update Your Fitness Progress
LinkedIn is really cool because you can update what you are doing and see other people’s updates. Similar to Twitter and Facebook, you can always be in the loop as to what other people are doing. This creates real time accountability and encouragement, not to mention advice on nutrition and fitness.
So next time you get your workout completed and are proud of yourself, share an update (it’s the box on your home page next to your picture). You’ll also be able to see all of your networks’ updates from here, which can be very encouraging.
3. Expand Your Fitness Network
They say you are only a few degrees away from any person on earth that you need to get to. This is certainly true with LinkedIn. The social site has many ways to add people to your network. It has recommendations on a side panel from your home page called “People You May Know”. Check this out and expand your network. Even if these aren’t fitness professionals, by letting other people you know in on your fitness goals, it will motivate you to follow through.
4. Follow a Health and Fitness Company
This is a feature not too many people know about. There are thousands of fitness companies on LinkedIn that post updates and give the ability for you to see all the personal trainers, nutritionists, executive directors, etc. So browse or search through fitness companies by going to the top right hand “search box”. First click on companies and then type in one of your favorite companies. I bet they already have a profile.
5. Read Health Articles
This is another little secret that most people don’t know about. There is a huge database of articles pertaining to health on LinkedIn. In order to find the health and wellness articles click on the tab called “LinkedIn Today”. This will bring you to a main screen. On a secondary bar is a tab called “Health”. Click on it and it’ll bring you to the main health page. Here you will find tons of useful articles from “11 Common Dietary Supplements” to how “Jogging beats weight lifting for losing belly fat.”
6. Notice Fitness Trends
Again, few people realize you can find out the latest fitness trends using LinkedIn. In order to do this, go to the search bar and type in “trends health” or “trends fitness”. Your search results will be individual people’s updates along with (on the right side panel) actual industry trends. Click on the latest trends in your industry.
7. Ask Fitness Related Questions
There is a section on LinkedIn that you can ask questions. Click on the “More” tab at the top of the screen. You’ll be brought to a page that looks like the below screen shot. Under the “Ask a Question” section type whatever question you want. These questions will go out to your entire network and also be saved for others to view later. This is truly an incredible resource.
LinkedIn has grown by leaps and bounds. It started off as a site only for business professionals. But as more and more people joined, it started to develop a strong presence in terms of health and fitness. Now it is used by many people to help keep them fit along with networking with other industry professionals. Use the above list to help keep you accountable for your fitness goals and you will be sure to stay on the path toward optimum health. LinkedIn Health is your new best friend!