How can my friends help me get in shape?

Research continues to support the concept of relying on friends and your social network to help you achieve your fitness and health goals. Working out with a friend, getting to know other people at your health club, using the Internet to connect with others on similar weight-loss journeys -- all of these things help. Go on your fitness journey with a friend or a group of friends and you'll have a much better chance at success.

Don't hang around others who negatively affect your self-esteem or tempt you into living an unhealthy lifestyle. A support network is important in changing bad habits. Stick with those who lift you up instead of bringing you down. Keeping a journal of your moods and emotions throughout the day may open your eyes to how certain people may be affecting you -- in good or bad ways.

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