One of the biggest reasons people drop out of an exercise
programme is a lack of support and motivation. Especially for fitness newbies,
the initial burst of excitement about embarking on a new exercise programme can
quickly wane when the excuses start mounting.
The experts all advise one way to combat this is to exercise
with a buddy. That way you will get out of bed to meet them at the gym if you
know they’re waiting for you.
This is one of the reasons the latest SleekGeek Challenge is
aimed at couples and friends.
Founder of SleekGeek, Elan Lohmann says the reason for this
is that often people in your life can act as “enablers” or “disablers” to your
goals. “In the community we have produced many success stories between friends
and between couples who worked together towards a common goal.”
Get healthy together
DietDoc recently wrote an article detailing how much
research has shown that married people, and those in long-term relationships
tend to put on more weight than their single peers. Many people find themselves in this situation
and aren’t sure where to start rectifying it. This is where a couples challenge
could be key.
“The right support
structures need to be in place and most times that means everyone being on the
same page or at least supportive of a partner’s journey. This is so important because
it often does not matter what your eating or training plan is if you do not
stick to it and see it through and sticking to a plan has much to do with a person’s
environment and the tools they have to succeed,” says Elan.
However this doesn’t mean dragging your partner kicking and
screaming to the gym against their will. If fact, Elan says he has often
witnessed how just by seeing the transformation their partner has made by
eating healthier and exercising the other one has been inspired to follow the
Check out some of the transformations couples
working together towards a healthier lifestyle have made on the SleekGeek website here.
“A major trap that people fall into is that if their partner
is only too happy to sit on the couch all the time and consume junk food
regularly then it makes it “OK” for the other to do the same. This is how
couples use one another to justify letting things slip. This does not only
apply to couples. It applies to families, circles of friends and even your
workspace. Your environment often dictates how easy or hard it will be to
succeed and meet your goals.”
The latest research findings that a third of the world's
adults are physically inactive with the ‘couch potato lifestyle’ killing about
five million people every year, according to this study. It goes so far as to
say the lack of physical activity is actually a pandemic.
So if you love someone, don’t set them free, switch off the
TV and go for a walk together. One step at a time is all it takes.
The latest challenge closes on Monday March 3 and you can
view it here.
Elan is the founder of Sleekgeek which is a social community to help support you in achieving your healthy lifestyle goals. Leaving a career as a corporate executive which included being General Manager of News24 and Group Head of Digital at Avusa which own brands like Sunday Times, Exclusive Books and Inet Bridge he decided to pursue his purpose to empower others. After losing 17kgs and finding a healthy lifestyle for the first time he decided to give up the boardroom to help people full-time to discover theirs. Elan is sponsored by Reebok and is a Wellness Warehouse Ambassador. Follow him @elanlohmann on Twitter.