Updated Dec. 4, 2007 - You've been trying to lose weight by cutting back on your eating - and getting a little exercise here and there. You're geeked as you jump on the scale and then, guess what? You haven't lost a pound! Not a single pound! Bumbed out, you think, what's a woman gotta do?
Two Heads are Better Than One
One option: don't go it alone. Get a fitness partner! That's right! You might need a buddy who can help you reach your nutrition and physical activity goals, someone who can point to some things you may be doing right or not so so right.
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All in all, a fitness partner is someone who:
- Has your back
- Shows you love
- Supports your good efforts
- Tells you the truth even if it hurts
- Picks you up when you are down
Everyone needs a little bit of help! A fitness partner may be just what you need to get you back on track.
Who Would Make a Good Fitness Partner?
- A friend
- A spouse
- A significant other
- A child
- A co-worker
- A fellow church member
- A health care provider
What Kind of Things Could a Fitness Partner Do?
- Encourage you to get moving when you feel like sitting around eating potato chips
- Wear pedometers and compete to see who get the most steps in a day
- Make sure both of you are getting regular doctor check-ups
- Make sure you know your ABC's (hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, cholesterol)
- Remind you to weigh in each week to keep track of your weight
- Plan healthy meals together
- Share health information
- Exchange recipes
- Grocery shop together and encourage you to buy healthier foods
What to Expect From a Fitness Partner
A fitness partner may be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to making healthier food choices at home and out at restaurants. You can just hear your fitness partner say:
- Easy on the fries...too many aren't good for the thighs. Have a piece of fruit instead."
- Ready-to-eat cereal, low-fat milk, and a banana beats a honey bun and soda for breakfast any day.
- Reach for fruit, light popcorn, a low-fat cereal bar or yogurt when you've got the munchies instead of candy, chips, and cookies.
- Eat those calories; don't drink them. Drink water, diet sodas or sugar free beverages and save the calories for other food or drinks like dairy or soy milk.
- Instead of frying that chicken, bake, broil, stew, stir-fry, or grill it to cut down on your fat intake.
Benefits of Having a Lifetime Partner
You can bet there is an up side to having a healthy lifestyle partner. The encouragement and support you receive from your partner can help you work toward:
- Improved health
- Lower cholesterol wwwww
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased physical activity
- Weight management
- Prevention or management of diabetes
For more help, call 1-866-3-LOSE-IT for your "A Healthy BET" healthy living brochure! And, to learn more about how to keep healthy go to A Healthy BET.