The Importance of Having a Support System

So many articles tap into what you can do to keep yourself motivated and focused on your goals, but one of the most important elements to motivation and focus is to have support from others.  Whether you are following a plan on your own or a part of a group such as NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women, the support you receive will make all the difference in the world.

Face to Face Groups
You’ll be able to accomplish so much more from your diet and exercise plan if you are part of a group that meets regularly with others who are also trying to lose weight and get in shape.  NYC Adventure, for instance, offers not only an effective workout but support from the other campers.  You will all be in it together this will motivate you to succeed. Boot camps are great  for anyone who loves to be in a  group and does well sharing their struggles with others to gain insight and encouragement.  You will make friends with people with similar fitness and health goals.

Online Groups
Another source for weight loss support is searching for websites that are not affiliated with a particular weight loss program but is related to a particular condition or group.  Examples may be a diabetic support group, fibromyalgia; hypertension, arthritis, as well as groups of people with a common connection such as stay at home moms, working moms, bicyclists, and hikers and so on.    All these individuals usually have a common need to watch their weight or to lose weight.  They offer support and advice when it is most convenient for them, but you can still share your issues and concerns and get feedback and support from people on the same boat.  While you may never meet these people in person, they can become very important to your weight loss success very quickly.  Many find this type of online support group better than trying to connect in person with face to face groups.  If small talk is difficult for you, online communities are an excellent choice.

Family and Friends in Your Own Community
There may be a group in a local church, not necessarily your own church, that can offer you the information and support that you will need to become successful in your weight loss endeavors.  Many times not knowing the person very well gives them and you the opportunity to look at situations and issues objectively.  Sometimes when you are in a support group with your friends you tend not to be as objective and honest with them or them with you.  This is not because of malicious intent, but because you don’t want to be harsh on them or hurt their feelings—you’re only goals may be to make them feel better and he same goes for them.

That’s doesn’t mean you should overlook your friends and family.  Many friends and family want what is best for you and will support you.  They want you to succeed because they probably know better than anyone else how those extra pounds are affecting your health and self-esteem.  You can ask your friends and family to support you in specific ways.  For instance, ask your spouse to go for a walk with you when you need your exercise on a daily basis.  Or ask your spouse to clean up the kitchen so you can go to the gym or for a walk with a neighbor.  Ask your friends to follow up with you about your diet and ask for specifics so that you will be motivated to want to share your accomplishments with them.  In fact, improving your diet and exercising regularly can be a group activity where your friends, spouse or family are on the same boat

In the end, it doesn’t matter where your support comes from as long as you have a support system that meets your needs and allows you to be successful.  If someone in your support group turns out to be less supportive than you initially thought they would be, find someone else to replace them.  Weight loss is difficult enough without having to worry about someone who is not fully supporting you by intentionally or unintentionally sabotaging your efforts!


If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all women boot camp or fitness boxing classes please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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