Fitness Tips: September 16, 2013

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Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Monkey See, Monkey Do
Put your "inner buddy" to work for you. Think about it ... When you see someone else doing something – running from a loud noise, yawning at a meeting, ordering a salad for lunch – your inner self starts thinking about doing the same thing, and the next thing you know, you're actually doing it.

The instinctive reaction to imitate others around you may be one reason that married couples are more likely to lose pounds and work out regularly when they do it together. When one sees the other doing something healthy (and vice versa), they almost can't help imitating each other, but you don't have to be married to make this work for you. Whether it's your spouse or another exercise buddy, hanging out with people who are already doing what you want to do (shedding inches, building rock-solid bodies) reinforces good behavior by automatically making you want to do the same thing.

You know that old saying about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery? It looks like it's also the sincerest form of de-fattery!