Tonia at Racing with babes had a great post today about fitness and health being a choice. You should read it. She often inspires me to change the way I look at things.
But it got me thinking and as I left a comment I really got to wondering. This is what I said,...
It is a choice. You said it well but I wonder what we can do as examples (well we try, don't we?) to create that moment we those around us feel compelled to change the way they are living? Because that is what we are talking about here. Changing the way people choose to live. Taking away reaching for the potato chips and replacing that habit with going for a walk. Taking your kids on a packed picnic lunch instead of through the drive through.
We all know these are the 'right' choses but how can we create the catalyst to help others make what is a difficult change?
Do you ever feel responsible to help those in your life make changes to improve their health or fitness? I know we feel that responsiblity to our children to provide them with the tools and example that will put them on a path to a healthier lifestyle, but the burden I am talking about is the people you see along you way each day. Do you ever wonder if you should or could be doing something that would radically help that co-worker who you see slipping out for a smoke break as you lace up your shoes at lunch time. Or the woman 3 rows in front of you at church who keeps tugging at her skirt because it has gotten a bit too snug. Have you ever wished you could simply say the right thing and help them see that with a little effort each day they could live their lives more fully?
What are some ways you try and influence, educate, motivate, inspire, bribe, coerce those around you to make positive changes in their lives?
Two reasons I want to influence "others"...because "others" influence them!