Ask an Expert: Motivating Others

Question: I’ve recently started a new fitness routine, but my friend has been more reluctant. How do I go about motivating others around me to be active, too? Congratulations on your enthusiasm for sharing your new fitness program! While you’re excited about the benefits of your routine, you’ve already realized that different factors motivate different people. If you’ve made great strides in your fitness, it’s possible that your friend is intimidated by your success, or, possibly, would benefit from a different routine altogether. You could start by finding a new, common activity that the two of you can share. Activities like co-ed volleyball and softball are both seasonal activities that are great for being social and active with your friend or a group of friends. You can also try outdoor, non-competitive activities, such as hiking, biking, or after-dinner walks. Once you’ve found an activity that you both enjoy, using technology (like the ViaFit app that works with many Horizon Fitness products) can help motivate each other and stay on track.
  Keep the enthusiasm up by sending fitness-themed motivators throughout the week. Some ideas might include a special invitation for a night out starting with a new fitness class (cycling and restorative yoga are two ideas), a hike on a favorite trail, creating a special playlist for their next home workout, or joining up with another friend for a small group personal training session. As you look to expand your fitness journey with your friends and family, remember that it might take a little experimentation to find the fit that works for everyone. Keep it fun, positive, and enjoy the adventure! Joli About the writer: Joli Guenther is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and clinical social worker practicing in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Learn more on the Meet Our Writers page.