On 3rd January 2018, we held our first chat session of 2018 and the topic of choosing was Healthy 2018. With 2018 being the year of impact for BlogChatter, it was noticed that most people wanted to have a healthier lifestyle in 2018 and featured as one of the most common resolutions on our social feed.
Going with the spirit, Blogchatter decided to ask around 6 questions so that the followers and people who wished to improve their physical or mental health could break down the various aspects, challenges and downfalls of a common new year’s resolution and understand how social media or BlogChatter in particular could play a role in helping people achieve their goals.
The questions started with asking people if they had made a health resolution for the new year and went on to discuss what steps the people had already taken to lead a healthier 2018 and what role social media, community and Blogchatter could play on the path to fulfillment of the resolution.
We also foreshadowed a health tracker and asked people for feedback on the idea of getting people together and helping them track their health goals together with others.
It was encouraging to see people embracing the various aspects of health other than physical ones as we could see many people focusing on mental health and peace of mind as well. As Ramya points out, any health resolution would be more effective if it holistic in nature and encompasses all the different aspects of health i.e. body and mind.
Joining in from shivering Delhi. One year from now, I want a change in my lifestyle. It should not just be about weight or inches, calorie intake or carbs… but a new me. A more responsible me who focusses on herself, her body, mind and overall health. #BlogChatter #Fitness
— Ramya J.S. D’Rozario (@samantha_rjsdr) January 3, 2018
As the chat session moved ahead to discussing the various steps that had already been taken by the community members it seemed to emerge that joining a gym was the most common step that had been taken. Of course, this comes with problems of its own as Avanti points out how hard it might be to convince parents to let us become members to a gym.
A2- I’m still in the process of convincing my parents for the gym membership xD #blogchatter
— Avanti @ Meraki (@avantiscribbles) January 3, 2018
Other suggestions were cutting out carbohydrates or reheated food.
2. With intense difficulty and much internal turmoil, I’ve decided to cut chips, maggi and soft drinks from my diet completely. #BlogChatter
— Ramya J.S. D’Rozario (@samantha_rjsdr) January 3, 2018
A2 Getting more punctual & not reheating any meal. There are a number of foods which are underestimated for potential danger & health hazards on reheating. #blogchatter
— Ashvini Naik (@FitbeWell_Blog) January 3, 2018
More people chose to do this by themselves by setting walking or strength training goals for themselves.
When asked about sharing the goals with friends or community it was seen that many people chose to keep their targets to themselves due to reasons varying from social laziness to lack of a response while some liked making new friends which motivated them to perform better than the previous day.
A3. no because their laziness kills my mood as well. #Blogchatter
— Paresh Godhwani (@Par_God) January 3, 2018
— Dr. Anita Sabat (@anitaexplorer) January 3, 2018
The major challenges that many people face on their way to a good health were mostly the chilly winter mornings and evenings of north India and the all too honest opinion of being too sleepy to work out. Time management also came up as an issue as the hectic work and home schedule left many people with little time for their own care.
A4 .Stress and stupidity #Blogchatter
— DrAmrita BasuMisra👼 (@misra_amrita) January 3, 2018
A4. Time Management. Day leaves negligible time for self care. #Blogchatter
— Dipika Singh (@gleefulblogger) January 3, 2018
Social media and its perceived role was also a debated topic as some people said that it might be considered show off or could be easily manipulated with photoshop and other tools that the current generation possesses as pointed out by Nupur. On the other hand, it was commonly seen that people saw it as a way to increase accountability because if anything makes the Indian people really do something, it is the societal pressure so why not just invite it and use it to our strength.
A5 Sure does. It increases accountability, increases motivation.
— obsessivemom (@obsessivemom06) January 3, 2018
5 no I can photoshop a pic and claim I’m ten kilos slimmer #BlogChatter
— Nupur Maskara (@nuttynupur) January 3, 2018
To conclude the concept of a community tracker was introduced which peaked the curiosities of most engagers and left them with a sort of excitement as we could see them look forward to such a tracker being rolled out in real life. It seems that a tracker would be pretty successful as other previous BlogChatter campaigns as beautifully summarized by Piyusha,
A6. I definitely think so. Following the mandates and instructions religiously is upto you, of course. But it does help to keep one on track because you realize you’re doing this for yourself. A lot like #MyFriendAlexa and #BlogchatterProjects. Don’t keep up and you lose it all.
— Piyusha Vir (@PiyushaVir) January 3, 2018
With this in mind, we gladly announced that an Instagram Health Tracker will be launched from 10th January to 31st Janurary 2018, in an effort to bring together the community to work towards the common goals.
Registrations of which are on and can be found at : Blogchatter Health Watch
Blogchatter Chat Session is a Weekly Chat Session that happens every Wednesday at 8.30 PM IST on Twitter. You can connect using hashtag Blogchatter for easier access.
This week i.e tomorrow we are discussing – How to Define Impact.
A topic that is building on our Year’s Impact and pushing out more ideas to further funnel results in similar directions.
Do not forget to tune in. If you need us to send you a reminder ping then go ahead add you details to Blogchatter Chat Ping
Meet us tomorrow then? Same time, same place and more ideas to share!