Dave cleans our offices on Sunday mornings, which happens to be the same time I stop in for a couple hours to prepare for the week. He’s a fit 40-something who looks like he could run a sub-40 minute 10K. His Monday-Friday job is at a local tool and die manufacturer — a 3-shift operation with mostly union workers.
We’re fortunate to work with some of the most successful professionals in wellness. And while our evidence is anecdotal, we find common threads that appear to influence career and program success among our more than 500 client implementations each year:
Last week my family and I surrendered to our curiosity about Pokemon Go. After dinner, we downloaded the app… just to take a look. In less than a minute, we all had our shoes on and were out the door, hunting Pokemon.
Nobody twisted our arms — no one paid us to head outside to walk and run or threatened to fine us if we didn’t. We didn’t even think of it as exercise; locating Pokemon and outrunning each other trying to nab them has been just plain fun.
Peer support can mean the difference between success and failure in many endeavors: academics, athletics, health habits, work projects. A particularly effective approach is the buddy model, where groups of 2 work together to achieve shared or similar goals. But it’s not as simple as just saying “buddy up.” Buddy systems for health behavior change are most effective when:
Individuals pair up voluntarily based on reciprocal friendship. Social media has given rise to lots of faux friendships — “friends” who are really acquaintances. For best results, health buddies should be actual friends who engage off line as well as on, not just someone from the Facebook list.