Jackie Wright: Bring a friend to a workout
July 30, 2015
Each month we offer a "Bring a Friend to Workout" day for our members. It is an opportunity for them to bring along a friend who may have expressed an interest in working out but had not taken the steps to make it a reality.
It provides time for both the member and the friend to work out together and for them to experience what the member already knows — that exercising regularly positively changes your life. This week a few strategies for encouraging your friends to join you on a fitness journey will be highlighted. And, if you are the "friend" that has yet to get on board the fitness train, consider some of the benefits expressed below and then take action.
As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Strategy 1: You have tried everything to get your beloved friend to join you for a work out and nothing seems to work. So, ask them if there is something (legal and healthy) that they would like you to do with them and then commit to doing it if they work out with you first.
Strategy 2: If you share a few common goals, such as weight loss, with your friend, encourage them to join forces with you and begin attending workouts together. Then, consider hiring a qualified nutritional coach/counselor to design individual dietary programs for each of you. While your specific dietary programs will be unique to each of you, sharing in this time together progressing toward your goals will be highly motivating — for BOTH of you!
Strategy 3: Be willing to try something different for their sake as long as it is not detrimental to your physical or mental being. Perhaps they would attend yoga but will not participate in a cycling class, so build in yoga to your program and over time, maybe they will attend a cycling class with you.
Strategy 4: Share well researched, innovative and inspired health, fitness and nutrition information with them.
Strategy 5: Attend fitness workshops and seminars together. This is a fantastic way to create interaction between your friend and fitness professionals and other individuals who are also struggling with integrating fitness into their lives.
Strategy 6: Encourage them further through social media, but be cautious not to disclose personal information to others regarding your friend. Respect their privacy and over time, as they include consistent workouts into their lives, they may be the one sharing their successes with others who are struggling.
Strategy 7: Make it social! If your friend is amenable, invite other mutual friends to join you in a workout and once your workout is complete, everyone can go out for coffee, to play golf or shopping for fitness gear.
Strategy 8: Attend a charitable fitness event together. There is no better way to give to others in need and to feel great about yourselves than to workout for an important cause.
Strategy 9: Stay in constant contact if possible. The consistency of positive encouragement, without undue pressure, is very effective.
Strategy 10: Hire a personal trainer and set up a partner training program specific to you and your friend's fitness needs. It is economical, effective and fun.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness LLC in Granby. She may be reached at her website at http://www.mtnlifefitness.com, her email at firstname.lastname@example.org and her Facebook page at Mountain Life Fitness.
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