by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, WickedFiTT
I believe habits are contagious. Maybe it sounds obvious, or maybe it sounds impossible, but either way I believe whatever is the norm in your social group usually becomes the norm for you, too. Research supports the idea.
Think about it. We are always making decisions based on what other people think, actions and habits, which is why it’s super important to surround yourself with people whose habits support your healthy lifestyle. So, maybe if we surround ourselves with fit, active people who enjoy healthy foods and living healthy, we’ll be more likely to make the same healthy choices.
Since this is the Health and Wellness issue, I thought it would be a great time to gain some insight by interviewing some of my social group — the members of WickedFiTT. I asked them all the same questions, here are some answers and some pretty great advice.
Question No. 1 — What is your WHY? Your inspiration?
Suzi Howard: “Being a role model for my daughter, getting strong and healthy to show her it can be done. How to be healthy, happy and still have fun.”
Amy Faulk: “After much thought, I concluded my inspiration comes from helping others and motivating others to be better and do better. However, I constantly fall short on motivating myself. Due to all the things I’ve endured and lived through, my WHY is my drive to live more abundantly. Which means I really need to take better care of myself.”
Norma Montijo: “The thing that inspires me the most is my children. I want to be the best version of me at all times. I want them to see that no matter what trials and tribulations life hands you, always be kind and show love.”
Question No. 2 — How do you stay motivated?
Veronica Webb: “My doctor gave me some fantastic advice. She said the best thing I can do for my health is to sweat 30 minutes a day. Period. It’s better than any pill that she could prescribe for me to fix any problem that I have/had. Also, fitting into clothes that I haven’t worn in years feels fantastic!”
Lindy Bushnell: “It’s become habit for me. I also have amazing women that I enjoy being around. The negative feelings that happen when I don’t work out is horrible. I never want to feel that way. I also get high out of my workouts. FREEBIE!!!!!”
Question No. 3 — What is your definition of accountability?
Lorena Flores: “If you say you will do something, do it, or at least try your best to get it done.”
Mary Holland: “Accountability is a part of the group fitness atmosphere. People notice when you do not show up. You can ask others to hold you accountable, but it is ultimately up to you to decide to make a change and stick with it.”
Question No. 4 — What advice would you give to someone interested in joining a group fitness class?
Catherine Decker: “Joining a group fitness class is a wonderful experience to meet like-minded individuals, get support from others to go beyond what you think you can do. There is a sisterhood and belonging that is nurtured when you see the same group of women accomplishing their goals, and sometimes these classes are the only connection they have to other women who may be having a conflict and they find a bond with another individual that can give them moral support. Bottom line, it’s just a lot of fun!”
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