My #1 Tip to Get More Active

by Zach on January 17, 2014

When I first started my weight loss journey, I started applying a very simple principle without realizing it.  It has been put many different ways by many people, but simply put it is this:

“You become most like the people you spend your time with”

Getting INSANE with some awesome people!

After I joined Weight Watchers every week I would go to a meeting with other people who had big dreams, people who had lost some weight, and people who were living success stories.   I slowly started to realize that the more time I spent in these meetings, the more success I had and when I missed them I felt pretty derailed.  Just being around people who care about their success and your success changes how hard you’re willing to work.

I don’t still attend the meetings but I absolutely love Weight Watchers for everything they have done for me, especially getting me started on this principle.  I din’t realize it then, but it was the first stop on a long journey to embracing this wonderful idea.  You see a little bit further down the road, when I became a group-exercise instructor, I began to use this exact principle to keep me motivated to stay happy and healthy!

I absolutely love teach people, Turbo Kick, INSANITY, PiYo, you name it and I love to teach it!  I finally realized the reason I love it so much is that for a sweat soaked hour I’m in a room with people who are trying to be their best.  Some may have lost weight, some never had to and are just their for an awesome workout, and other are just starting, but they all care about their health and having a great time getting in shape.  I want to be like THAT!  I want to be someone who cares about health and fitness, who inspires people, who pushes past the hard work and during class I’m in a room with people just like that.

We Turbo Kicked Butt that Day!

 

If you’ve ever been a part of a group, a club, or even a Facebook group that you are actively involved in, what’s the reason?  It’s more than likely because you like the people, you like the atmosphere, and you like the activity!  The more time you spend with those people, the more you find common interests, form bonds and make new friends – because your in a group of people who are what you want to be!

For those of you who are searching for an environment full of people that care, go to your local gym and try a group-exercise class.  You get a dimension of accountability because – trust me – the instructors remember who you are and when you miss.  But you also get to immerse yourself in  a health world full of people who are.

You may disagree with me, but I would venture to say that the fitness industry is full of some of the most positive, uplifting, and wonderful people who care about YOU.

So my #1 Tip for people trying to get more active, get in a group exercise class or find a running group – find a group of people most like what you want to be and join it!

If you enjoyed this post, please share it on your Facebook page!  Let’s get the word out about the amazing power of group exercise!

Until Next Time,

Zach Spuckler

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Shay de Silva January 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Great advice, Zach. Being social often keeps people motivated and helps with accountability.

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Zach January 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Exactly, when being fit helps you be more social – it’s a win-win!

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Chris January 17, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Well-said, man. I’ve always made the most amount of progress, especially in a short amount of time, training with a group of like-minded people with similar goals. Makes me think maybe I need to get back to that.

I love your writing style and how concise everything is. Simple and to the point.

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Julian January 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

It’s awesome to be in a group setting especially for individuals who need the constant support and accountability. Excellent advice!

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Dorothy January 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I love your enthusiasm! It is exhilarating being around others with the same goal, a give and take of positive energy. Great website, I hope one day mine will be this good :)

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Zach January 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Just checked out your blog and it’s looking great, you’ll be amazing in no time!

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William Butler January 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Hi Zach,
You make an important observation: You become most like the people you spend your time with. So the question becomes… Who are you allowing to influence you? Whoever colors your thoughts, shapes your thinking.

Your post reminds me of the Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion… A body in rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion, unless the body is compelled to change its state.

Deciding to get up and get moving can literally save someone’s life, especially among a newly aging “baby boomer” generation.

Joining a group does more for you as well. It provides you with emotional support and encouragement, the opportunity for accountability to keep you on track with your goals, chances to improve upon your social skills. Best of all, you can form life-long friendships.

Tenacity is needed to stay on top of your goals. If you form the intentional habits of life-long learning and looking after yourself, you should live a long, healthy, flourishing life. And that is my wish for you.

Kind Regards,
Bill

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Zach January 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Very well put Bill! It’s not just about exercise – it’s about goals!

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Donna Merrill January 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Hi Zach,

Well this came at a timely basis for me. I recently moved this summer and FINALLY got around to joining a gym.

I’ve been away from exercise for almost a year, running around packing up one home and un-packing the other!

I just love water exercise and it is my third week in strength training class in the water. I absolutely love it! I know I need to ease into things and for me, it’s the best way. I also swim, and am so happy there is a salt water pool!

I’m starting my Yoga class next week and I know I’ll be having a blast! Joining classes, especially in a new place is a great way to connect with other people. So it’s a two for one for me!

-Donna

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Zach January 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Hey Donna,

Come back and let me know how the Yoga goes! I’m about to start an online yoga course in the next two or three months, it’s great for the body and the mind!

Also, congrats on jumping back in, wishing you the best of luck!

Zach

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Barbara Charles January 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Hi Zach,

Very inspiring. Working together with others for motivation and support is definitely the way to go. Great ideas and tips to help others use the concept of togetherness and networking as inspiration. It’s awesome. Great success to you in your weight loss journey. I’m working on that as well for myself nowadays. Thanks for the motivation.

Barbara

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Zach January 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Hey Barbara,

Glad to hear you’re working on yourself too! It’s a journey for sure – keep going!

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Sylviane Nuccio January 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Hi Zach,

I’ve never had to lose weight, so I was always wondering why people needed something like Weight Watcher to watch what they eat, but I guess that reading your post it’s the encouragement and the group thing that’s so important in their success. Maybe they wouldn’t be able to do that on their own.

I can’t say that I like the gym, but I do exercise about twice a week, but what I do on a daily basis in the warmer season is walk about 5 miles a day and a jog a bit as well.

Nice meeting you and have a great day!

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Zach January 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Hey Sylviane,

With weight watchers is 100% the accountability and the groups that keep you on track! The evidence is there by all the people that are able to keep the weight off when the stay with the meetings, but when people think they can do it alone, they often fall off track! Being with people with similar goals can do crazy things for you!

Thanks for reading and sharing,

Zach

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Kayla January 19, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Zach, I agree one billion percent. If you want to be rich are you going to hang out with poor people? Hell to the no. You strive to meet billionaires. We are social beings and even if we don’t entirely agree with the mentality or behavior of the people we spend the most time with, we naturally (and without noticing) start to mimic and follow suit!

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Zach January 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm

EXACTLY! It’s crazy how often we adopt the behaviors of people around us without even realizing it! Think about the nicknames and slang you use for example!

And I’ll be surrounding myself with billionaires very soon ;)

Thanks for reading!

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Kumar Gauraw January 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

Awesome advice Zach! We do become more or less like those we spend our time with. This is true pretty much in every aspect of our lives.

I do associate with positive, uplifting individuals, attend a lot of seminars, workshops and then, I read a lot. This has helped me tremendously and therefore, I can relate to your excitement about Weight Watchers. Great stuff. Keep up the great work!

-Kumar

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Zach January 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

Hey Kumar,

You are on the right track – in the business world seminars, workshops and positive people are just like group exercise classes! You have to be around other people who care about their future and want positive change!

Thanks for visiting

Zach

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