Don't Go It Alone - Support Yourself

Support is something we need in all aspects of our lives, and especially when it comes to sticking to our fitness goals. Finding a friend to be your cheerleader or a group of people to support you and your goals can be hard, yet having support when making new habits or changing behaviours, is very beneficial.

"Self-reliance is not enough for goals to be achieved"

A study conducted by Albert Bandura, of Stanford University in California, has found that self-reliance is not enough for goals to be achieved. He reports that social support and guidance in the early stages of personal change increases long-term success, and support and encouragement increases behavioural change and has a positive effect on wellbeing.

Here are some ways to get the support you need to reach your goals:

Join a group: Try a local google search of groups in your area that may suit your goals and keep you motivated, or review your community centre news board for groups or activities that meet your need. There are often flyers at libraries and coffee shops advertising group meetings,

Phone a friend: True friends want to see mates succeed so choose a close friend and tell them your goals. Ask them to schedule a weekly check-in, as having someone to be accountable to increases your chances of success by 65%. 

Nutritionists and fitness experts, know that the support of friends and family members increases the success rates for the person they are supporting, and it can also give a health boost to the supporters by creating positive feelings. 

Go online: Try an online accountability buddy such as TwinTask and be paired with someone who shares your goal.

"The support of friends or family increases the rates of success"

A quick word about failure: The word everyone is afraid of when it comes to goals is failure, but remember it is an important part of growing, changing and challenging yourself to be a better you.

Just because you didn't achieve it this time around does not mean you give up and remove it off your list. Try again, reassess where you went wrong and implement the changes that will help you achieve it next time.