Those of you who have either a family or a significant other may be looking to change your “unhealthy” ways, but not sure if they will or if they’ll be supportive.
I’d like to first state, if you’re not happy with your current fitness and nutrition, make the change!
I know it’s “easier” when your spouse and family support you, and better yet if they want to change too, but sometimes you need to be the leader.
A study published in the journal OBESITY recounted a University of Connecticut study that discovered ⅓ of the volunteers cohabiting partners lost 3% or more of their initial body weight even though they weren’t enrolled in the experiment.
The study also found that when their partner lost weight at a steady pace, the other one did too. Likewise, if one struggled the other had troubles too. I’m fortunate because my wife and children are active and healthy. Now, don’t get me wrong. We enjoy our treats, but we make a conscious effort to eat healthy and limit the alcohol, sweets, fried foods, etc.
With that being said, it is easier for me to stay on point when my wife is and on the flip side, if she is struggling to stay on point I find it harder. You may not have this, in which case things will be more of a challenge for you than myself or those of us that have the support.
This is my call to you to be the change you are looking for and your spouse, family members, friends will most likely follow.
Tips to get you started.
- Communicate to your significant other and family members that live in the same household as you that you are making changes. Be sure those around you know of your current changes. This is not only to eliminate any temptations, but also gives you accountability. Accountability is essential.
- Start small, but start. If it’s your nutrition, start by cutting whatever “unhealthy” foods you may have by ¼, then ½, and then for good. Start by adding more veggies and make sure you’re drinking at least 8 ounces of water per pound you weigh.
- Exercise! Start off with 30-45 minutes a day, 2 to 3 days a week. Your goal should be to aim for 4-6. If you’re starting to lift weights, start light and keep reps between 12-20 with an emphasis on form.
- Track. Write down what you’re eating and you’re workouts and how you’re feeling.
Scott Keppel is the owner of Scott’s Training Systems, a world-class coaching facility in Chandler, Arizona. He is a nationally certified trainer through NASM and ISSA. His mission is to empower women of all ages and fitness levels.