Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'

HIGHLIGHTS

Open
America's Winter Escapes Sweepstakes
Introducing RealPad by AARP
You and Your Town Contest-You could win an AARP RealPad

AUTO BUYING PROGRAM

AARP Auto Buying Program

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Download the ipad App

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

Fat to Fit

Create a Fitness Support Team

Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, and trained pros.

For many years, I viewed my inability to lose weight and get fit as a personal failure. Every step I took onto the bathroom scale was followed immediately by distress over my weight.

See also: Walking is the easiest exercise. 

Each day I began with good intentions, even in the face of repeated defeats. And each night I ended the day with the same ritual: I would promise myself that tomorrow I would do better; tomorrow would be a new day.

When I finally realized I was caught in a behavioral whirlpool, it occurred to me that I needed some help. That’s when I reached out and created two fitness teams — a team of health care professionals and a team of supporters.

The first person I put on my health care team was my physician, followed by a physical therapist, who helped me figure out what exercises I could safely perform with an injury I had at the time (torn hamstring). I also consulted with my cardiologist to check about the implications of significant weight loss on my medication regimen (hey, I was serious this time!).

Rounding out my health care team was the coordinator for the local hospital wellness center, who helped address questions about nutrition, what kinds of exercises I should undertake and the psychological impact of making such dramatic lifestyle changes.

Fat2Fit: Unite Your Fitnes Team to Beat the Bulge

Supportive friends and family are integral to achieving your fitness goals. — Getty Images

On the cheerleading team, I first recruited my husband, Dick. I added my best friend, Dale, who shared an interest in exercise and nutrition. From there, I added my children and a neighbor with whom I am very close. Before long, I had surrounded myself with people who cheered me on and were also committed to becoming more fit themselves.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that the outcome of this effort was different from what my prior attempts had yielded.

In retrospect, I realized that I was finally smart enough to use, in my pursuit of fitness, the skills that had helped me in my career. I created a company called Fit Carole. As the CEO, I defined my mission — to lose weight, become fit and adopt permanent, healthy lifestyle habits.

Of course, I relied on myself to set priorities and measure results. But as important as my tasks were, I couldn’t have succeeded without the support of my team.

That’s why I urge you to create your own fitness team. You may be one of those exceptional people who can achieve their goals and dreams on their own; the rest of us mortals, however, need each other. United we succeed. Go, team, go!

You may also like: Get fit at any age. >>

Carole Carson, author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, serves as the coach for the AARP Fat to Fit online community.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Eye Med 4 Membership Benefit AARP Discount

Members save up to 60% on eye exams at private practitioners nationwide.

membership schwanns discount

Members get double Schwan's rewards on all online orders from Schwan's Home Service™.

AARP Discounts on ADT Companion Services

Members save 20% on new installation of ADT Companion Service®.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. 

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points