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Create A Support Team To Improve Your Health & Fitness
Starting a new exercise program, especially by yourself, can be daunting, but you can ease this transition by enlisting others to – Create A Support Team To Improve Your Health & Fitness.
Here are several considerations before to build your A-List support team.
- Consider who you want to be a part of your support team. Choose at least 3 people who are already living a healthy & fit lifestyle or at least working hard towards one. They say, “You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
- Consider how much time you’d like to invest with the support team. Do you meet or call each other on a daily basis or once a week? Make it realistic so that you can stay consistent. Sending motivational texts or friendly words of encouragement can go a long way. Find some time to meet in person at least 1 time a week to keep everyone a part of the group accountable.
- Find a workout partner. In my experience, a workout partner is one of the best ways for you to stay committed, consistent and keep moving in the right direction even when life seems to get in the way. It’s easy to quit when you’re on your own, but when you have to meet a workout partner at the gym at 630am when you’re tired, you’ll be more inclined to get there because you don’t want to let that person down.
- Share your goals with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Sharing your goals with others will help to keep you on track. It holds you accountable, keeps those in your life aware of your actions or lack thereof. Once you start making noticeable changes to your family, friends, and co-workers they’ll start to give compliments which is the ultimate fuel to keep progressing.
- Have a start-up meeting. A start-up meeting is a great way to get the group together so everyone can meet face to face to share their goals, their challenges and support each other. At the meeting, make a plan, create the expectations of each person and pick a start date. Make sure you have each person’s phone number, email and preferred method of staying in touch. Set up the next meeting’s date and commit to being in attendance.
- Help define and make the members of the team goals crystal clear. Encourage your support team to set goals for themselves, for the team and work on making them crystal clear and/or measurable. For example, if someone says I want to lose 10 lbs. You can say, “by when?” Giving a specific date helps your team to keep you on track.
- Just start exercising and making healthy choices. On the start-up day that your team decided to get moving, “Just Do It!” Taking the 1st step is always the most challenging, but after it’s the most rewarding too!
- Celebrate your successes. When your team members meet any or all of their goals, make sure you celebrate. Celebrating is essential to acknowledge the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment you’ve made. It’s an essential component of all my client’s programs. I make them say, “I FRICKEN ROCK!” Because they do and you do too.
“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi
Yours in health & fitness,