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    Question How to Get a Friend to Start Working Out

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    Go for a drive, push them out of a car (hopefully parked) then shut the door & take off! Other than that they have to decide for themselves. If hanging out with someone in your shape doesnt do it, then you are SOL
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    That's a good plan B.

    It's true though - you can't make anyone do anything they don't want to. Like I've often said, "The forced will be the last."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairdr View Post
    Go for a drive, push them out of a car (hopefully parked) then shut the door & take off! Other than that they have to decide for themselves. If hanging out with someone in your shape doesnt do it, then you are SOL
    +1

    I'm 50, and frankly if you're ok with with a guy 20-30 years older than you constantly kicking your ass, that's your choice. I had (all overweight) a nephew (28) and 2 in-laws (30), over and between them couldn't do 3 pull ups while I knocked off 14, and I didn't tell them about the other 32 reps I did earlier that day. I leave my kettlebells and clubs out and they ignore it. My wife's a nurse and have been threatening to drag them thru her bariatric ward. Ironically they all have gym memberships. I think unless they have a serious health challenge, there won't be any motivation to change.

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    Don't bother. They'll do it when they're ready. Anything before that is just going to be received badly as pushing or nagging. Let them alone.
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    Well, before I started eating right, I didn't have the energy to do much exercise myself, so I can't really sit around faulting folks for being lazy. I'm pretty much with Taubes on this one - it's not the personality, it's the amount of energy your diet / metabolism allows you to have. I am the same person as before (I think? sometimes I wonder), but my drive to exercise is almost totally a consequence of proper eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primalclubber View Post
    +1

    I'm 50, and frankly if you're ok with with a guy 20-30 years older than you constantly kicking your ass, that's your choice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    Don't bother. They'll do it when they're ready. Anything before that is just going to be received badly as pushing or nagging. Let them alone.
    Sounds like you're both saying the same thing and, for the most part, I agree. Every once in a while it is possible to inspire someone or get through to them, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tfarny View Post
    Well, before I started eating right, I didn't have the energy to do much exercise myself, so I can't really sit around faulting folks for being lazy. I'm pretty much with Taubes on this one - it's not the personality, it's the amount of energy your diet / metabolism allows you to have. I am the same person as before (I think? sometimes I wonder), but my drive to exercise is almost totally a consequence of proper eating.
    Healthy diet and physical activity can definitely "feed into" each other. The question of whether or not you are the same person opens up a whole other can of existential worms!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    Don't bother. They'll do it when they're ready. Anything before that is just going to be received badly as pushing or nagging. Let them alone.
    Griff,
    I could not agree more. Stop pushing & nagging. They will just resent you and think you are a SHOW OFF, and also think you are demeaning them. Some people ( like me ) have absolutely no desire to be an Arnold Schwarzenhaegar Muscle Man. I am very happy just being healthy. My main goal on the PB plan is to lose my 35 lb belly monster. I also do strength training at the gym, not to get muscle bound, but to simply be healthier.

    Best of health to all,
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    succeed.

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