The Beatles knew how important friendship and support were for success—just look at the famous song “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”. And it’s true! Having people around you to lean on when times get tough is the ultimate reason for the existence of support systems. When you’re trying to lose those pesky pounds or just starting a brand new fitness regimen, a supportive group of friends and/or family is key. Why is a support system so necessary, you ask? The reasons are limitless (just like your abilities!!):
Motivation is the root of any successful fitness or nutrition plan. A 2011 study, by the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stated that participants who stayed motivated throughout the study lost more weight than those who were not motivated. A support system, whether it’s friends, family or even an online forum, can be a better motivator than going at it alone. Your support system is there to celebrate all your successes and encourage a better lifestyle. Sometimes you just need somebody to say, “You can do it, I believe in you!”
Peer pressure is a powerful thing. Although the term is often used in negative ways, peer pressure can actually be a good thing too—especially when it comes to fitness! Having someone to hold you accountable is crucial when traveling the path to success. In a 1999 study conducted by the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, it was found that more weight was lost when participants shared the experience with friends and family. When you share a common goal with someone, they can push you to do things you wouldn’t normally do on your own (like going to the gym or skipping that Big Mac you’ve been craving!). You don’t want to disappoint them, right? Just make sure they have similar goals as you so they don’t lead you astray.
Let’s face it: it’s hard to succeed all by yourself. You may not have the knowledge or tools to reach your goals in the first place. Joining an online forum or weight loss program, like Weight Watchers or Hitch Fit, can help you learn safe and effective ways to lose weight and set yourself for a healthy lifestyle. Online forums are a great way to hear success stories (which will keep you motivated!). You can also get inside tips and tricks from those that have accomplished their goals. If you’re just starting a fitness regimen, hiring a personal trainer is a great way to stay on track. These experts can correct your form and give you extra tips on how to tone your bod and optimize workouts.
Top 3 Tips for Creating Your Support System
- Join a class (like yoga or zumba) and befriend your classmates. You’ll share the same goals and you won’t want to skip!
- Ask your Facebook friends for nutrition and fitness tips. They’re “regular people”, so you can relate to them!
- Don’t be afraid to ask people how they succeeded. You can get beneficial information from other success stories. Chances are they’re proud of what they accomplished and want to tell you all about it!
Sometimes you need a little push in the right direction to help you get to where you want to be. That’s where a good support system comes in. Rely on your friends and family to give you the motivation you need and to hold you accountable. Find others that have accomplished their goals and find out what they did to succeed! Get going; you have nothing to lose…except weight!