Have you been feeling uninspired to hit the gym? Sluggish, perhaps? Maybe you want to work out, but the hot summer weather is making you want to stay within the confines of your air-conditioned apartment.
It’s easy to fall into this mode. Instead of getting your body moving, you plop down on your couch with your phone and check your social media accounts. But what if the social media you’re using to evade your daily workout could actually inspire you to go outside or pick up some weights?
Check out these five athletes to follow on Twitter. Not only are they incredibly talented at their given sports, they like to share their inspiration via social media.
Alexi Pappas — @AlexiPappas
An Olympic long-distance runner, Pappas is renowned for the way she wears her hair – in a bun high atop her head. In fact, her hairstyle is so beloved that it spurred a parody Twitter account, @AlexiPappasBun. In addition to her athletic pursuits, Pappas herself is a filmmaker and actress best known for the 2016 movie Tracktown.
If you want some inspiration for working out and achieving your overall life goals, follow Alexi. Her currently pinned tweet is one of my favorites.
good thing i didn't accomplish all my goals yet because then what would i do tomorrow.
— Alexi Pappas (@AlexiPappas) March 23, 2015
Gabby Douglas — @gabrielledoug
The world fell in love with Gabby Douglas during the London Olympics in the summer of 2012 when she won the all-around gold medal. Since then, she has written books, and her life was the inspiration behind the Lifetime movie The Gabby Douglas Story. We also remember Douglas from last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, during which she stayed strong despite receiving harsh criticism on social media.
Allyson Felix — @allysonfelix
Like Alexi Pappas, Allyson Felix is a runner. But unlike the long-distance Pappas, Felix is a sprinter. A four-time Olympian, at last year’s Games she earned the title of the most decorated female athlete in U.S. track and field history. Additionally, Felix is a four-time recipient of the Jesse Owens Award.
— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) May 29, 2017
— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) May 24, 2017
Lolo Jones — @lolojones
Three-time Olympian, Jones is one of only ten Americans to have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. A hurdler and a bobsledder, she was recently profiled on asweatlife.com, where she chatted about mental toughness and her training plan. Jones brings that same strong-willed attitude to Twitter.
Follow her for more inspiration and passion.
People may tease you for being too passionate but I didn't make Olympic teams by being passive but by being a fighter.
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) May 31, 2017
Serena Williams — @serenawilliams
Williams, a tennis superstar, has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles. In addition to her tennis career, she has established her own clothing line and invested in philanthropic efforts through The Serena Williams Fund and The Williams Sisters Fund.
Her Twitter is full of updates about her life as well as inspiration. Perhaps she put it the simplest when she tweeted this statement.
When in doubt… workout!
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 25, 2017
Good luck finding the inspiration you need to get up, get out and get moving.