Kilter 2017

On health, nutrition and fitness

TwitterGetsFitter - How community can boost your fitness journey

Submitted by Chitra Balachandran (@bombaybellyrina) on Thursday, 16 February 2017

Section: Crisp Talk Technical level: Beginner Status: Confirmed & Scheduled


In November 2016, I tweeted to my followers, looking for workout buddies to keep me motivated. Within hours, I had dozens. Today, over a hundred. What started as a rather selfish quest for fitness motivation has turned into India’s first online workout buddy system.
During the course of my talk, I hope to highlight the importance of fitness itself, as well as the power of community. Another important subject I shall discuss is body image and body positivity.
Like the movement, there are no real barriers to whom the audience for the talk should be. I believe it would be relevant to most adults, more so to those who have struggled with fitness, and whose body image issues may have triggered emotional issues and depression.


  • My own struggle with weight and depression
  • The tweet that started the movement
  • How TwitterGetsFitter grew
  • The TwitterGetsFitter community, and how we support each other
  • How community can aid your fitness goals
  • How fitness can impact your mental and emotional health

Speaker bio

Chitra is the creator of the TwitterGetsFitter movement. She is also a professional belly dance instructor and fitness coach, and has personally been through a journey of bad body image, ill health, and a struggle to regain fitness.



  • Sandhya Ramesh (@sandhyaramesh) 3 years ago

    Hi Chitra! I know you provide exercises to everyone as a part of this movement. Can you email me some exercises that you’ve given, including how long they are?

  • Chitra Balachandran (@bombaybellyrina) Proposer 3 years ago

    Sure, Sandhya.

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