How Can You Get Your Friends and Family to be Healthy?

Family Eating Together

Salad at family dinners is a great way to start.


There is no better time than now to live a healthier lifestyle. Because our daily choices are influenced by the people we spend our time with, a healthy lifestyle includes encouraging loved ones to also live healthier.

Think about how hard it can be to get yourself motivated to change your daily habits. It isn’t easy to get others motivated either, but their is a communal spirit in being in the boat that can encourage you to stick to a diet and exercise plan.

The following five tips were originally featured on  the Biostation blog. Jonathan Globerman explains that small changes will help guide you through the challenging task of encouraging health throughout your friends and family. It can be difficult to engage in conversation about change without sounding offensive and inflammatory, so take note of the following tips.

1. Dream big, but start small.
Good habits take time to form; the healthier they are, the harder they are to maintain. This is why crash diets are so popular. After a week or so, we fall back into our old patterns. Encourage loved ones to focus on two or three small goals. Once the positive effects from these milestones are realizes, it will be possible to keep adding on new habits.

2. Avoid making it a point of contention.
Has someone ever told you, “Are you sure you want to eat that?” when you’re about to grab a burger instead of a salad? Saying something fiercely judgemental can come off argumentative and cruel. It becomes a personal attack; you’re now the enemy, not the support that they need. What will also make this dynamic worse is if you consistently nag someone to eat better or exercise. We all know that people are motivated by positive affirmation, not negative criticism.

3. Action is more important than words.
Naturally, this one works for more than just healthy eating.  Seeing someone else succeed by dieting and exercise one of the best ways to motivate others; they see real results and know it’s worth trying it out.  Be a healthy role model!

4. Be a cheerleading squad!
Starting a new health-focused life is terrifying for some people. There will be hungry days, grumpy days, and angry days. It’s your job to stay positive and supportive and be the role model throughout the entire process.

5. If necessary, seek professional help.
No matter how hard we try, we can’t always provide the answers and help our loved ones require. When dealing with problems like eating disorders and obesity, it is a slippery slope. In cases like this, turning to a medical practice like the biostation™ can guide patients toward an individualized path toward wellness.  The results of comprehensive medical tests through the help of a professional give our loved ones the information necessary to help them achieve their goals.


from Jonathan Globerman
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