Get Fit with Facebook
Hanging out on Facebook typically doesn't have any health benefits--until now. On Tuesday, June 19 Facebook and GE lunched their HealthyShare App, a new online tool to help individuals track their fitness goals.
The initiative features fitness challenges from Olympians Summer Sanders and Michael Johnson, as well as Olympic hopefuls Kevin Durant and Alex Morgan. After you sign up for a challenge you'll earn points for logging activities--such as doing crunches, swimming, or dribbling a basketball--and once you accumulate enough points you'll win a virtual medal. You can also score points by encouraging your friends' physical activity, which is based on the premise that we all perform better with encouragement.
"Many research studies show that our friends can help us live healthier lives," said Paul Adams, Facebook's global head of brand design in a press release. "This new tool by GE is the first step in a vision to help people be healthier by interacting with their friends."
To kick off the campaign, Summer Sanders participated in Equinox's Whipped class in New York City, where Fitbie sweated alongside the swimming legend (pictured above). For more information on HealthyShare visit facebook.com/healthy, and check out our interview with Sanders to learn about the Olympian's illustrious athletic career and what she's been up to since.
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