Take a look at your circle of friends. Do they like to get
physically active? Are they motivated to get the recommended 30
minutes of exercise a day? Or do you notice that exercise just
isn't a part of their routine? Actually, is it even part of
There is so much research on why exercise is good for us, but we
also know that some people just don't get their recommended 30
minutes a day, for all sorts of reasons.
If you get the feeling your friends may need a push or some
extra help in the exercise department, then maybe you can have a
word in their ear. You could brainstorm ways to get active together
to make sure it happens. If you're having trouble finding something
they like, tell them you'll come along to any wacky exercise
adventure and give it a go too!
So how do you start this conversation? How do we encourage our
not-so-active-friends to get active without causing offence?
Firstly, approach it gently, and see if your friend is
interested in doing exercise. It may not be on their radar right
now due to work or family commitments, but you can be there for
them when they're ready to make a healthy change.
If they're open to giving it a go, commit to a weekly exercise
session together. This will help your friend to make exercise a
part of their regular routine.
Diabetes Queensland's Exercise Physiologist Kathryn Kirchner
says, "a buddy system is definitely the way to go to motivate your
friends to get moving outdoors, at home or in the gym".
"Working out with friends is not only a great way to get fit and
healthy, but also a great way to socialise and catch up on the
gossip or have a laugh. An added benefit for our health and
"There is such a variety of fun and enjoyable activities people
can now do, and sharing the experience with your friends is just an
Kathryn also recommends setting goals for exercise.
"Sharing this goal with others makes you accountable and makes
you more likely to achieve that goal. For example, your first goal
could be as simple as texting each other the night before to set
the intention to meet the next day. Small steps for long term