Since its launch in 2010,
Before you go out and do that thing, though, how can you be sure that the workout you're about to sweat through is safe, effective and designed to help you accomplish your goals? Stop before you go Pin-crazy and get an education on the good, the bad and the
Nitpick Your Pinterest PicksAccording to Women's Health magazine, there are 529.7 million health and fitness pins available on
Matthews strongly cautions against looking
To ensure that the workout you're about to pin is one that will push you
If you're a beginner starting fresh, understanding proper form while working out at home can be a challenge, so it's important to also look for some key body positions when filtering the good
Another important element to consider with every pin you peruse? The man or woman behind the workout. Credible workouts will either link to a reputable website where you can find the credentials of the trainer who designed the exercise plan, or the name of the trainer will be listed within the graphic itself. Matthews
The Do's and Definitely Do Not'sWith the right understanding of the workouts available on the internet,
- DO look for workouts that provide quality visual images of each exercise along with clear and concise descriptions of how to perform each movement with proper form.
- DON'T choose workouts based solely on the physique of the person in the pinned photo, as that does not denote that the workout is necessarily safe, effective or in line with your personal health and fitness goals.
- DO seek workouts developed by fitness professionals who hold reputable, accredited fitness certifications, as well as those developed by trusted, well-established and highly respected health and fitness organizations.
- DON'T select a workout that offers a "quick fix" or makes any other false or exaggerated claims.
- DO find a workout that aligns with your personal interests and goals, as the more you enjoy the exercise experience, the more likely you are to stick with it long term and reap the greatest benefits.