A Healthy Perspective – The Social Side of Getting Fit

On January 2nd I started a new workout plan – Les Mills PUMP. I had been flip-flopping between Insanity and P90X for awhile and was getting a little bored with them. They are both great programs but I needed to make a new commitment to my health and I needed something different. I am now 45 days into PUMP, midway through the 90 day program and it has just flown by. During this time I have noticed several things.

First, I am stronger than I think I am both mentally and physically. I can push past myself when I need to. It is where real change happens.

Secondly and more importantly, I need others to help me succeed. I call them accountability partners. This could be a spouse, colleague, friend, acquaintance, or even a group on Facebook of more than 650 people (shout out to TEAM PUMP) I have never met. I was part of another group when I went through my first round of Insanity. The InsaneCrew (hashtag #insanecrew) was a group I connected with on Twitter. Just like TEAM PUMP they are like minded individuals located all around the United States and they have been there with me every step (jump, squat, pushup, etc.) of the way. Accountability partners can’t lift the weight for you, or do the cardio that you need, or even pick the foods that you eat. But they can be there to encourage you, answer questions that you have, share recipes, or give you a laugh when you need it.

Whether you need to lose 10 pounds or over 100, find someone or a group of people that will support you during this journey. At least for me, these two groups have helped me get in the best shape of my life. Who helps YOU be the best you can be? Let me know in the comments section below.

If you are not on Facebook and want to know how to connect to others take our Facebook for Beginners class. Call our trainers at 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org to get more information. For other great ideas on making healthy changes in your life visit the health neighborhood.

Michael Perkins

Supervisor of Digital Services at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. BFA Graduate from Washburn University. Painter of the Kids Library Mural. Father and Husband.