The 3 People That’ll Get You to a Healthier Place

If getting to a healthier place was at the top of your ‘To Do’ list in 2015, it’s time to take a look at the people that’ll help you succeed. While you begin your new healthy regimen, you might question what you got yourself into, especially while reaching plateaus, or finding yourself with an increasingly challenging schedule. So enlist the help of these three types of people to help you get to a healthier place!


Chances are you spend a lot of time at work. And some of the most crucial health and fitness choices will take place between 9 and 5. Work deadlines, stress, and back-to-back meetings are typically cited as reasons for abandoning workouts or making poor food choices. Not to mention, client or colleague meetings over happy hour, work travel, and late night dinners can easily lead to excess calories and increased sedentary activities.

Find a co-worker to become your ‘healthy’ partner in crime, and you’ll find yourself sticking to your plan more often than not. You can become workout partners and meet up before or after work. You might even try quick lunchtime workouts. There’s no escaping your co-worker. If you miss a workout, you know you’ll hear about it!

Find activity at the office

  • Find time during the day to go for walks.
  • Plan a mobile meeting (walk to a new location or have a walk and talk).
  • Skip the kitchen snacks in the afternoon and beeline for the staircase instead.
  • Don’t email or phone when you can chat in person (get up and take the extra steps to their cubicle).

You can also choose to eat lunch with a good influence. Buddy up with a co-worker that’s trying to make healthier lunch choices. You could trade days making new and interesting healthy lunches for one another and meet up midday. Or, if going out to lunch is more your style, choose a healthy locale to help make smarter food choices.

Family Members

Having a healthy family member under your roof is great for your wellness journey. Enlist their help in stocking the cupboards and fridge with healthier foods – and keeping away the tempting items! Of course, we don’t want to have our family members running commentary each time we put something in our mouths, so make sure you lay down some ground rules. We’re bound to eat something a bit gluttonous every once and while, so ask for support but not ridicule.

Find activity at home

  • Workout together (either in the gym or at home).
  • Go for a walk after a meal.
  • Plan an active outing for the weekend.

More importantly, make sure you have at least one family member that’ll double as your chief cheerleader. On a long journey, it’s important to get a little praise – to help acknowledge your accomplishments. If that person happens to be someone you come home to each day, what better way to end or start a day than with someone telling you how amazing your are!


It’s good to have a professional in your corner to help answer your questions, encourage you, and steer you in the right direction. Today, it’s possible to engage with a trainer individually or in group settings. And, as you’ve already learned, if you can workout in groups, it might actually compound the benefit. When you engage in group training, you not only get the pro helping you with sets, reps, weights, technique, and motivation, but you get friends and family members doing the work right alongside you, which will add an extra layer of accountability.

Seek out trainers that hold accredited national certifications with a personality that matches yours. Interview the trainer and learn about their successes and failures, as well their approach to health and wellness. You should always be certain to share your goals and expectations with the trainer and make sure they have the ability to meet you where you are and help you get to a healthier place!

Join #AFit15

If you’re joining us for #AFit15, we can certainly provide you the road map virtually, but we suggest you enlist the help of a trainer for optimal results. Nothing will replace the live interaction of a fitness pro and a few good men (or women)! If you can, stop by your local Anytime Fitness and inquire about their #AFit15 program!

Who helps motivate you to live healthy?

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Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is the VP of Fitness Programming for the FIT4MOM® franchise. For more than two decades, she has helped impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn®, Power Systems, ACE, Silver Sneakers, and BOSU® as a fitness business and programming consultant. An experienced educator, freelance writer, and certified Book Yourself Solid® Business Coach, she helps fitness entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money. Fable serves as Vice Chair of the ACE Board of Directors and is the founder and co-owner of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool.