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How to help friends reach their weight loss goal

Workout buddy

Buddying up can enable you to achieve your fitness goals—or whatever objective you happen to pursue. However, you don’t need to workout together to help one another (couples, inhale a sign of relief). Try one of these to help your friend:

  1. Buy them time.

    If your friend has children, offer to look after them. This is a key one for couples, as well: when my life partner cheerfully volunteers for child duty, I’m much more prone to go out for that workout than when he gives a hesitant “fine, go ahead.”

  2. Encourage them.

    Be in charge of their post-exercise selfies. Show you care. You don’t need to join your runner buddy on that 7-miler, however you can meet her for breakfast a while later and reveal to her how amazing she is.

  3. Remind them.

    Not naggingly, obviously! You and your friend can agree to talk about your plans and keep them front-of-mind. Furthermore, if he needs a morning reminder to ensure he’s getting to that early open swim? Volunteer to get the telephone.


People who help others in their goals end up feeling good about themselves, as well. Studies shows that the person who gets the help isn’t just bound to achieve their goal, but they also see that person as being a better buddy and good to be around.

If you are the person requesting help, don’t be bothered if you can’t make it a two-way road. People are more ready to help than we give them kudos for. There are just extremely two secrets to finding a good assistant: the person needs to need to help (no forcing them into it), and the helper should be someone who can encourage you. So if your buddy isn’t an early riser, don’t ask them to call you with pre-dawn pep talks. They may accept, but they’ll feel guilty or wore out if they can’t follow through on their promise.

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