Spread the joys of health

Become your family and friends' ambassador for health.
Become your family and friends' ambassador for health. Monkey Business Images

IF IT feels like we are always harping on about "being active", and "you have to eat right" then there is a real good reason for it.

We all have too many family members and friends that are not doing the best thing for their health or making token efforts with plenty of room for improvement.

So if you're the exception among your friends and family, I want you to talk to five friends and family members this week and persuade them to do what is best for them.

How I want you to do this is to encourage them to do it with you. You will need to become their ambassador for health.

Before you get started though, try to understand what the other person could be feeling in regards to doing this with you.

Let's take going for a walk as an example.

They may be thinking you're a super athlete, or you might intimidate them with your sprightliness, so you may have to walk a little slower or take an easier route with no hills.

After all, being their Ambassador for Health you want to ensure they can manage it and feel good at the end. In time they can work harder, but remember initially it's just about getting moving.

Maybe you could encourage healthy eating.

As much as my mum taught me how to look after myself and some basic cooking, I am now showing my mum how some of the "healthy" foods she recommended are in fact laden with hidden kilojoules.

It's not her fault; it's what she knows and what she had been taught.

I am now just tweaking her food so she can get the best out her meals and in turn improve her health.

The same goes for you and your friends.

They may not actually know the amount of movement required to burn off that "little slice of cake" or "healthy" muffin.

A good start is, instead of going for coffee and a chat, swap the coffee for a walk and a chat.


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