In a world of hashtags, retweets and the challenge of trying to keep your commentary under 140 characters, it's fair to say some people just do it better.
These days, active Twitter users (Canada makes up roughly 2.92 per cent of all users worldwide) rely on lists, and often word-of-mouth to get their Twitter feeds populated.
And with endless studies, medical journals and the latest product recalls in Canada, keeping up with health and fitness news can quickly become overwhelming. And what about Canada's flu season? The latest superfood or trendy diet?
As fun as it is to follow the Deepak Chopras and Jillian Michaels of the world, who have millions of followers worldwide, sometimes it's better to get tips from the locals — the moms and pops of Twitter, you could say — to keep up with the latest in health news, recipes and well-being.
On average, people spend about 23 minutes a day on Twitter, according to the Social Skinny. The report also found that two out of three social media users thought Twitter influenced their decisions to make a purchases or click related links.
But with only 23 minutes to spare and millions of people to follow, where do you start? Not all of us are social media wizards, so HuffPost Canada's Living team has put together some of the country's best Twitter accounts for health news, fitness tips and healthy recipes. And to make your life easier, we've also included a custom Twitter list with 50 accounts you can add to your personal Twitter accounts. Click here to follow.
Tweet away: 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada has to offer:
TWEETER: Ange Peters, personal trainer and holistic coach at Hol-Fit.com.
TWEETS ABOUT: Easy do-it-yourself recipe ideas, motivational quotes and de-cluttering tips for the kitchen
Jason Anthony Tetro aka Germ Guy:
TWEETER: Jason Anthony Tetro, aka 'The Germ Guy,' and Huffington Post Canada blogger
TWEETS ABOUT: Everything you needed and didn't need to know about germs and hygiene. He also tweets about current events, like the Grammys, from time to time and is great at replying.
TWEETER: Carly Weeks, health reporter for The Globe and Mail
TWEETS ABOUT: Health news in Canada, product recalls and drug safety — in-depth looks at the health of our country
TWEETER: Michael Evans, doctor and professor who likes to make cartoon videos about health news
TWEETS ABOUT: How to deal with common health conditions and quick health lessons on a variety of topics
TWEETER: Bianca Osbourne, chef and lover of natural foods
TWEETS ABOUT: Delicious smoothies, morning workouts and Meatless Monday
TWEETER: Gloria Tsang, founder and dietitian of HealthCastle.com
TWEETS ABOUT: The worst ingredients for your body, food and nutrition news, and diet trends
Hal Johnson And Joanne McLeod:
TWEETER: Body Break, site dedicated to keeping Canadians healthy
TWEETS ABOUT: Let's go back to '90s, when Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod's commercials tempted us to eat healthy and get fit. These days, their Twitter page tweets some of the most straightforward quotes about getting fit and staying healthy. Progress!
TWEETS ABOUT: Positivity quotes, videos on health and nutrition and how to conquer stress
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff:
TWEETS ABOUT: Diet book reviews, news on obesity and live updates of 'The Biggest Loser.' Freedhoff is also great at responding to tweets, so tweet away.
TWEETER: Danielle Felip, holistic nutritionist of www.enlightenedlife.ca
TWEETS ABOUT: Interesting facts on vitamins, how to live a positive lifestyle and product reviews
TWEETER: Bryce Wylde, author and complementary alternative medicine expert
TWEETS ABOUT: Questions prescription medications and look for natural alternatives. Bonus: Wylde also RTs and follows a variety of health experts as well
TWEETER: Leigh Brandt, personal trainer and Canada's first 'International Federation of Body Building's Bikini Pro', based in Vancouver, B.C.
TWEETS ABOUT: News and reviews in the nutrition world, training videos and the behind-the-scenes life of a pro bikini model
TWEETER: Tony Greco, Canadian fitness specialist
TWEETS ABOUT: Quotes about living a healthy lifestyle, and fitness videos
TWEETER: Sammie Kennedy, fitness expert and founder of BootyCampFitness.com
TWEETS ABOUT: Healthy recipes, homemade beauty products and the best 30-minute workouts
TWEETER: Kim McNeil, certified yoga instructor and therapist at Yoga Theory
TWEETS ABOUT: News in the world of yoga, her morning breakfast routine and how to do different yoga moves
TWEETS ABOUT: Step-by-step recipes, benefits of specific nutrients and vitamins, and detoxes
TWEETER: Alex Hutchinson, Runner's World columnist and author
TWEETS ABOUT: Fitness and training myths, the science behind fitness and interesting facts about training gear. Hutchinson is also great at responding to comments and questions on Twitter.
TWEETS ABOUT: Healthy recipes, benefits of yoga and delicious teas for the winter
TWEETER: David Juurlink, clinical pharmacologist and drug safety researcher based in Toronto.
TWEETS ABOUT: Drug testing, ingredients in everyday foods and the best related articles around the web. But be aware, there is a lot of medical lingo that may be tough for those not in the field.
TWEETER: Sarah Maughan, holistic nutritionist based in Toronto.
TWEETS ABOUT: Gluten-free recipes, 'happy day' quotes and meditation tips
TWEETER: André Picard, public health reporter at The Globe and Mail
TWEETS ABOUT: The latest news in health across the country. A focus on healthy living, health policies and according to his Twitter bio, running. And for all the French speakers, good news — Picard tweets in both official languages.
TWEETER:Paul Boisvert, doctor in exercise physiology and obesity specialist based in Quebec
TWEETS ABOUT: A round-up and RTs of health news from various publications — a great way to keep up with your health news by following one person. He also has a second Twitter account in French.
TWEETER: Jennifer Sygo, dietitian and sports nutritionist of the Cleveland Clinic Canada
TWEETS ABOUT: Recovery tips for sports-related injuries, tips on healthy weight gain and fun facts on fruits
Meals That Heal:
TWEETER: Julie Daniluk, TV host and nutrition expert
TWEETS ABOUT: Foods that heal, tips for better sleep and recipes
TWEETER: Jeremy Petch, doctor of philosophy. and editor for the Healthy Debate
TWEETS ABOUT: Health questions for his followers, articles on health and if you want, take a look at some of his interesting conversations with other Tweeters
TWEETER:Jennifer Hill, dietitian and blogger based in Vancouver B.C.
TWEETS ABOUT: Delicious food recipes (along with food porn) and what to do with leftovers
Andie the FIT GEEK:
TWEETER:Andie, personal trainer and blogger
TWEETS ABOUT: Tips and tricks for eating healthy and in you're interested, Andie tweets out all the exercises she does in a week
TWEETER:Timothy Caulfield, professor of health law at the University of Alberta
TWEETS ABOUT: The latest health studies, science news and solid RTs
TWEETER:Lorene Sauro, pastry chef and holistic nutritionist
TWEETS ABOUT: The best recipe finds on Pinterest (for those of you who aren't always on Pinterest), benefits of healthy foods and nutrition tips
Dr. Meghan Walker:
TWEETER: Dr. Meghan Walker, naturopathic doctor based in Toronto
TWEETS ABOUT: The latest in health news, quick facts on fitness and bacteria and shares links from various news sites.
Dr. Mike Hart:
TWEETER:Dr. Mike Hart, family physician and nutritional consultant based in London. Ont.
TWEETS ABOUT: Inspirational health quotes and answers readers' questions/tweets on his website
TWEETER: Lianne Phillipson-Webb, nutritionist at Sprout Right
TWEETS ABOUT: Tweets about healthy babies and everything health-related a new mom needs to know
TWEETER: Kathy Smart, TV chef, host, and nutritionist based in Ottawa, Ont.
TWEETS ABOUT: Gluten-free recipes and tips, and how to heal yourself naturally
TWEETER: Craig Ballantyne, certified strength and conditioning specialist, based in Toronto
TWEETS ABOUT: Losing weight and burning fat with short workouts
TWEETER: Natasha Kyssa, author of 'The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual'
TWEETS ABOUT: Everything you needed to know about raw foods and detoxing
Diana J Herrington:
TWEETER:Diana J Herrington, chef and author of the 'GREEN means LEAN' and 'Balance Your Body'
TWEETS ABOUT: Health tips, eating gluten-free and many RTs
Dr. Natasha Turner:
TWEETER:Dr. Natasha Turner, naturopathic doctor and author based in Toronto
TWEETS ABOUT: Eco-friendly cleaning tips and how to stick to healthy habits
TWEETER: Wendy McCallum, Natural Nutrition Consultant of Simple Balance
TWEETS ABOUT: Healthy recipes and wholesome foods
TWEETER: Elsbeth Vaino, personal trainer and ski instructor of Custom Strength
TWEETS ABOUT: How to stay healthy on a ski trips and injury recovery tips
TWEETER: Sam Omidi, health training coach and author based in Vancouver
TWEETS ABOUT: Weight loss tips, motivational quotes, workout routines and healthy living
TWEETER:Tash Jefferies, self-proclaimed lifestyle cheerleader
TWEETS ABOUT: Stress management and healthy cooking
You Be Healthy:
TWEETER: Kim, health guru of You Be Healthy
TWEETS ABOUT: Holistic medicine, recipes and even tweets seeds and sprouting
TWEETER: Angela Liddon, health writer and founder of Oh She Glows
TWEETS ABOUT: Healthy vegan recipes and debunking vegan myths
TWEETER: Joyce Fredericks, personal trainer based in Toronto
TWEETS ABOUT: The best yoga classes, fitness tips on pilates and TRX, and superfoods
TWEETER: Kyle J.Norton, health researcher and writer
TWEETS ABOUT: Health articles, industry updates — overall, one source to get several types of health news
TWEETER: Leslie Beck, registered dietitian and author based in Toronto
TWEETS ABOUT: Easy lunch recipes, how to kick sugar out of your diet and medical studies
Dr. Joey Shulman:
TWEETER: Dr. Joey Shulman, nutritionist and author
TWEETS ABOUT:Weight loss stories, inspirational quotes and daily vitamins
TWEETER: Brooke Bulloch, registered dietitian of FoodToFit.ca
TWEETS ABOUT: Quick cooking tips, healthy recipes and meal planning ideas. She's also great at responding to questions.
TWEETER:Caryn Roll, registered dietitian based in Montreal
TWEETS ABOUT: Healthy recipes and cooking tips — oh, and no trans fats allowed
TWEETER: Helen Branswell, medical reporter for The Canadian Press
TWEETS ABOUT: International and Canadian health news, flu updates and a focus on polio