April 18th
 

theresa albert - my friend in food

 

We are better together

jodi boland

Guest Post by Jodi Boland

Jodi Boland is a Fitness Professional currently living in Barrington, Rhode Island with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys teaching a variety of Group Exercise Classes and helping Personal Training Clientele. She is an AFAA Personal Training and Group Exercise Instructor, as well as certified in Cycling, Pilates and Body Flow.

You may as well face the facts that you need to get moving and keep moving to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yes, that means exercise and exercise can be a four letter word for many. It can be a lonely, monotonous and boring endeavor especially if you feel isolated doing it on your own and therefore unmotivated to continue. One way to keep motivated is to join a class or recruit family members or friends.

For any group exercise or a class you decide to try, arrive a few minutes early, introduce yourself to the instructor and share that you are returning to exercise or just wanted to give this class a try. You could also introduce yourself to another participant as well to help with the ‘new’ feeling. Simply smiling at someone in between water breaks can help relieve that stress or nervous energy of a new experience.

Exercise with a family member, friend or in a group can provide support, accountability, motivation and structure. Offer to drive and pick up the others if convenient. You will be less tempted to drop out if you have to answer to someone other than yourself. If you are new to your area or can’t recruit anyone, try it on your own and make a friend in the class or at the gym.

When I first moved to Rhode Island, I knew absolutely no one so I approached a total stranger. I selected a woman that came at the same time as I and that looked like she ran about the same speed. I asked if she was interested in running out doors. She admitted she always wanted to try, but was nervous about running outdoors alone. We agreed to meet the following day ready to brave it together and  continued doing so for several months. When winter hit our schedules changed and we both found different workout buddies.

Many health, diet, and exercise web sites have community boards where you can find an exercise partner, group, or class. Think about joining the Running Room or find a team of folks with common interests on sites like Meetup.com. It has groups in different cities around the world for everything from walking and hiking to sea kayaking to volleyball. You may also find groups or group exercise classes at community centers, community programs, gyms or YMCA. It is well worth a few tries and a little effort not only for your health and well being, but also to build a social life.

I met my current group of workout buddies by doing a gym challenge or boot camp. We are close in age and have many similarities. Because of our similarities we appreciate one another’s camaraderie and support immensely and our relationship has grown beyond exercise. We have also developed a friendship, get together more often to exercise and make each other feel good by complimenting one another everything from on new hairstyles to goals we have reached. I find inspiration from each of my workout buddyies in a different way. Everyone has their strength and weaknesses and it is very exciting to see how each of us reaches a new potential that they might not have otherwise.

Are there any community groups out there that you would like to share with us? Which ones do you recommend?

Jodi Boland is a Fitness Professional currently living in Barrington, Rhode Island with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys teaching a variety of Group Exercise Classes and helping Personal Training Clientele. She is an AFAA Personal Training and Group Exercise Instructor, as well as certified in Cycling, Pilates and Body Flow.

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!

 

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