One of the most popular new year’s resolution is to stay fit, stay lean and stay healthy. However, many fail to commit to the decision that we make during beginning of the year due to various reasons. To support loved ones to get good health and achieve their goal we can help them by supporting in various ways.
Help a Loved One Get More Active: Quick tips Help a Loved One Get More Active: Quick tips
Lots of people struggle to get enough physical activity. If someone you care about is having a hard time getting active, you can help. Here are some tips to get you started.
- Suggest activities you can do together.
- Start small. Try taking a walk after dinner twice a week, or do crunches (sit-ups) while you watch TV.
- Mix it up. Learn new stretches and warm-up exercises.
- Join a fitness class. Choose an activity that’s new for both of you.
- Make it part of your regular routine.
- Meet up at the local gym or recreation center on your way home from work.
- Wake up a bit earlier so you can go for a brisk walk together before breakfast.
- Pick a certain time for physical activity, like right after your favorite TV show.
- Ride your bikes or walk to the store or coffee shop.
- Be understanding.
Help them to do it their way
- Pick an activity you like and one that fits into your life.
- Find the time that works best for you.
- Be active with friends and family. Having a support network can help you keep up with your program. • There are many ways to build the right amount of activity into your life. Every little bit adds up and doing something is better than doing nothing.
What are your loved one’s reasons for not being more active? Maybe he or she feels overwhelmed or embarrassed. Ask what you can do to be supportive.
- Recognize small efforts.
- Be patient. Change takes time.
- Remember, some physical activity is better than none!
- Offer encouragement and praise. (“Great job doing your crunches today!”)
- Point out positive choices. (“I’m glad we’re walking to the park instead of driving.”)
- Choose healthy gifts.
For birthdays or special rewards, choose gifts that encourage your loved one to be more active. Some ideas include:
- New sneakers or workout clothes
- A basketball or balance ball
- Hand weights
- A yoga mat
- A pedometer (a tool that counts the number of steps you take)
- A gift certificate to a gym or exercise class
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: January 7, 2019