Craigslist has gained a tremendous amount of popularity over the years. Considering everything it helps people with, it is no surprise they average 50+ million visitors a month. But did you know that Craigslist can help you improve your overall health? So, before you post a classified for that old sofa, do your health a favor and check out the 5 tips below.
1. Find a Counselor
More than half of Americans are considered obese or significantly overweight. If you are one of them, why not take advantage of a certified weight loss counselor? Craigslist can help you locate a number of professionals with different backgrounds that are well suited to guide anyone through anything ranging from mental health to nutrition. Counselors are also listed by city for local or remote support.
2. Get Involved with Craigslist Forums
A lot of people don't realize that Craigslist has forums. The forums feature a helpful collection of diet, food, psychology, and health threads where you can participate. Other members join in to discuss a range of topics that includes areas beyond health. The saying "there is strength in numbers" has a lot to do with staying motivated about your health.
3. Find an Exercise Buddy (But be careful who you meet)
The other side of healthy living is exercise. Exercising can be as simple as taking a thirty minute walk daily. Staying dedicated to your decision to exercise might be easier if you have someone to exercise with. Craigslist is a terrific site for finding and meeting new and interesting people. You can put up an advertisement for a walking buddy or exercise partner who lives close to you. Make sure the person you choose to exercise with "checks out" as a safe individual before you begin spending time one on one together. Always use caution when you meet new people over the Internet.
4. Find Affordable Weight Lifting Equipment
If you decide to get really serious about your physical condition, you might want to buy a set of barbells, workout bench, or exercise machines. This type of equipment is often very expensive when purchased new. The great news is, you don't have to spend a fortune on gear like this. Craigslist gives you an impressive 'for sale' section where you can find all kinds of new and used items. Look under the Sporting Goods and Health and Beauty sub-sections, and you will likely find choices of "gym type" equipment to buy for your home workouts.
5. Find a Trainer
Craigslist also features a fairly extensive services section. Here you can find professionals to help you with anything from investing and car repairs, to beauty treatments. You can also look under your area Craigslist services for a personal trainer. The advantages of a personal trainer are astounding. A trainer can offer professional and personally tailored advice for losing weight, toning your body, lowering blood pressure and more. Knowing which exercises to do and what foods to eat can make all of the difference in gaining optimal health.
Ernesto is an uncertified health nut that loves everything fitness. He's also the editor of My Lifestyle Diet where he and his staff review everything from controversial diets such as The Fat Burning Furnace Diet Program
to more reputable programs like the Smart For Life