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Action Sparked: Don’t trade in all of your overweight friends for trimmer models just yet. Rather than asking what your friends can do for you, do what you can for your friends. Examined from a different angle, this study shows that while unhealthy behaviors are contagious, so are healthy ones. Instead of waiting for your friends to get on the path to a healthy lifestyle, assume the role of the trailblazer in your group. Suggest hiking instead of a trip to the movies, and you’ll both benefit.
This is one of the basic principles on which SparkPeople was founded. One person, doing what they can to get healthy and fit, can be a powerful influence to many others—a spark that ignites a change. Here are some ideas to “Spread the Spark” so that your healthy habits are contagious to your friends and family:
Join a gym with a buddy. Many times, membership rates are lower (and the workouts are more fun) when you're with a friend. And just think of how many people the two of you have the power to influence!
Choose social activities that are active. If you’re into sports, organize or join a soccer team. Evening walks with a nearby friend, indoor rock climbing, bicycling, bowling and canoeing are other good bets.
Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.
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