Kicking the habit may be contagious

Did I tell you that I am blue in the face? Yes, I’m blue in the face from passionately and unashamedly promoting the benefits of health and fitness and maintaining an ideal weight to everyone that will listen.

I do that by telling everyone that in order to be successful you need support and guidance from someone who wants you to be successful, peer support and having a sense of community where everyone is working toward the same goal and no one is trying to lead you astray and cause you to fail.

I am that someone who cares about your success and I work full time as a Fitness and Success Coach. By becoming a member of Beachbody’s online fitness club you also get the peer support and sense of community that will make all the difference in your success or failure.

Backing up those statements are Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School in Boston and Dr. James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego and they have studied 12,067 people who have been taking part in the Framingham study — a study of the health and habits of nearly an entire town in Massachusetts — for the past 32 years.

In an article from Reuters Health News, Maggie Fox, the Health and Science Editor says, “Nothing may feel lonelier than trying to quit smoking, but in fact, people kick the habit in clusters, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The same team of experts who found that obesity may be socially contagious said they found similar patterns among smokers, with people clearly influencing others in their social and family networks.

In fact, the most isolated people are now those who remain the most addicted as their personal networks get pushed to the fringes, they wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“This study tells us that social relationships have a critical impact on health behaviors and decisions, and that people are strongly influenced by those in their social sphere,” said National Institute on Aging director Dr. Richard Hodes, whose institute paid for the study.”

To read more of Maggie Fox’s article and to learn how changing lifestyle habits can be contagious, please click here.

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