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Why you are helping me get healthy

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  September 10, 2012 09:16 AM

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This weekend, an old friend of mine asked me what I do for a living. When I told him I am a health and wellness producer, and that I blog about my personal health & fitness journey, he asked me why I would do such a thing.

Why would I put myself on display like that? Today, I thought I'd try to properly answer that question.

If getting healthy and fit was easy, everyone would be able to do it. But it's not easy. There's temptation from unhealthy food, the couch, television ... all sorts of things you can tell yourself you'd rather be doing than eating healthy and exercising. But, I've discovered one thing that really helps me avoid the temptations: you.

I'm not saying that to be mushy. I'm saying it because there's a reason people say it takes a village to raise a child. In my case, it takes a village to keep me healthy.

My close friends are supportive of my desire to stay healthy -- and many of them have started exercising more because it's a way for us to enjoy each other's company without doing something bad for ourselves. Instead of going out to eat, we walk around a new place we've never been. Instead of watching a movie, we pack a picnic and run around with the kiddos at the park.

I've found that if I surround myself with people who are trying just as hard as I am to get and stay healthy, it's easier for me to achieve my goals.

I want to know from you: Who do you think is the most helpful person in your life when it comes to creating and sticking to healthy habits?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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