I am starting my fourth month at my new office and the culture is starting to slowly change from sedentary to a little more healthy. Not only did we start a walking group during our breaks, but a couple of my co-workers are starting to exercise with videos at home. A few days ago, one of my more resistant co-workers even chided me for walking too slow! From a group of women doing Starbucks run in the afternoons to power walking in the sun. What an amazing change!
I would love to say it is mainly my influence. But I think that is not the case. Would my co-workers arrive at this lifestyle change without my influence? I think so. I think they were at the point where they were sick and tire of being sick and tire. I just came at the point when they were at the brink of wavering between choosing the comfortable sedentary path or the bumpy and sometimes grueling fitness path. I just appeared at the right place at the right time.
From my observations of the people in that changed their lifestyle, it always starts with walking. After a few months of walking (and it always take a few months before the person realize their bodies crave this little activity), they start to either venture into other fitness activities or eating healthier. Even when the person does not venture into other fitness activities, the eating healthier is always a stage they eventually arrive at.
How long is this entire process of “converting” a previous sedentary person (sometimes they are still coach potatoes in between activities) into a little more active person? Anywhere between 6 months to a year (but in my father’s case, it was more like 3 years).
Why does it take this long? Sometimes people are resistant to change. Sometimes people need to feel the increase in energy before wanting to continue. And sometimes people need to see physical changes.
But what I do know is that for women, compliments to our physical appearance are a great motivator. And let me tell you, I have no problems with complimenting women who produce changes based on increasing their physical activity and eating healthier. Any changes they make to their bodies do not diminish my appearance in any way or form. As a matter fact, it is great to have another person to share my passion with.
But then again, maybe the fact that my co-workers are invited to my upcoming wedding might have something to do with this sudden flurry of activity. After all, they have to go dress shopping.
Until next time and thanks for stopping by.
Photo by: The hills are alive.
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