For many of us, social media is a way to get away from things we should be doing. In the context of exercise, it's much easier to spend your free time at the computer instead of going for a run. But, social media can be used as a tool to get you inspired and informed. Here's a few tips to using social media to your advantage:
"Like" some health & fitness companies and organizations on Facebook. As you sit and idly scroll through your news feed to see what nonsense your friends are posting, you could find yourself coming across healthy recipes or inspirational exercise photos that are frequently posted by many health & fitness pages. It might just be enough to get you out of your computer chair. Some good pages to "Like" are Greatist, Everyday Health, and MindBodyGreen.
Start a health blog! There's nothing more motivating than being able to share your positive experiences. Keeping a blog about your health and fitness goals and progress can help keep you on track and give you something to be proud of. Tumblr is a good blogging site that has a whole community of health bloggers known as "fitblrs." With the ability to follow other blogs, you'll have an endless supply of ideas and inspiration at your fingertips.
Do as much research as you can. An enjoyable and rewarding way to pass the time while sitting at the computer is to try and discover new health & fitness resources. You'd be surprised how many sites are out there that are dedicated to catering to a healthy audience. There are even social media platforms designed as communities for fitness enthusiasts (Try Fitocracy, for example). Finding new things is a great way to stay motivated and inspired.
Go ahead and try out these tips. Let me know what you find! Also, if you're not at all inspired by what you find, let me know why!