Ten Ways to Inspire Others to Move More

We all have days that we don't want to exercise even though we know it is good for us. Did you know that if you are surrounded by people who are active, there's a good chance you're going to be active also? Why not give yourself and your friends, family, or coworkers a gift and inspire them to move? It will literally start a movement. Here are a couple of ideas and tips to get you started:

  1. Be a good example. Move more yourself—it’s contagious. When you start to feel better, your loved ones will notice and want to feel better, too.
  2. Create an incentive program. While we all know exercising more makes you feel better, the results aren’t immediate. An incentive can help with immediate gratification.
  3. Inspire friendly competition. A friendly bet on who will move the most or reach their goal first can be just the motivation some people need.
  4. Give a “move more” gift or gadget. Sometimes all we need is a new toy to try out to get us to increase our activity levels.
  5. Be a workout buddy. Exercising alone or getting the motivation to get going can be a challenge. Being a great buddy means you are always there on the good days to help push a little harder.
  6. Notice and praise small accomplishments. Inspire more exercise or workout time so your loved ones can build on their own success. (Sometimes they are the last to notice their achievements.)
  7. Make it fun. Inspire your friends to channel to their inner child. Childhood was a time when the most difficult thing in the world was to sit still. Running the school yard or playing tag might've added up to several hours of running, but it was fun, so you didn’t notice.
  8. Help them ease into it. They don’t have to run a marathon or climb a mountain. Help the “all or nothing” exerciser by giving them some good goal-setting tips.
  9. Make small changes for more movement. You can move more without ever changing into your tennis shoes. Parking a little farther out, taking the stairs, and reducing some of your screen time can make it easy to increase your activity levels.
  10. Help others set goals. Help your buddy set some realistic short- and long-term goals. Make sure they have clear milestones. When they reach those milestones, make sure that you help them celebrate.  

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Last updated 4/1/2015