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Setting Up Your Support Structure

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Ethan Quant. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff

Health coach Ethan Quant, of Elite Wellness Solutions, has succeeded in his weight loss journey and now wants to share his methods with the Bahamas in an effort to foster a culture of wellness and conquer the obesity epidemic.

When I started my health, wellness and fitness journey I can truly say that it was hard to stay on track, even after I decided to make it my lifestyle. I had people in my life who were sort of cheering me on from the sidelines, but oftentimes I found myself alone struggling through the process.

I remember what it was like to feel that way, which is a big part of the reason I work so close with my health and lifestyle coaching clients, so that they never feel that they have to go through this often very difficult process alone. As a coach I provide guidance, and more importantly, support. We often underestimate the importance of support.

Now I know that not everyone has the ability to hire a full-time health and lifestyle coach, but I wanted to give you some ideas of where you can find real support for little or no money to help you on your health wellness and fitness journey.

Family and friends

This may seem like an obvious one, but if you are like most people, you don’t like just everyone in your business. However, I find that when you are committed to improving your health and wellness, in most cases there is at least one family member or friend who will be your cheerleader and can also serve as an accountability partner. Be careful here though, because sometimes family members don’t want you to change; steer clear of those. But if they really love you and they want the best for you, they can be your greatest supporters.

Co-workers

When you think about it, you probably spend more time with the people you work with than the people you live with. This is why co-workers have great potential to be an awesome support structure. If your company values your health and well-being, chances are they have some sort of wellness programming in place that you can participate in. If not, get a couple people from the office and start a walking or jogging group. You can share healthy recipes and keep each other accountable when the “tart lady” comes around. You can go to exercise right after work, and co-workers have a talent for “keeping it real”.

Fitness groups

This is my personal favourite; it’s actually where I solidified that I was changing my life for real. I joined a fitness group a couple of months after I started my health wellness and fitness journey and a lot of them I am still in contact with today. The best part about a fitness group is that you not only get to meet and workout with like-minded people, but you get to form new relationships as well. It’s a win-win. Get healthy and meet new people!

Online support

With the way technology is set up in 2019, you can find everything online, and support is no different. You can find a personal trainer, health and lifestyle coach, fitness group, anything. What I also like about this option is that you can find the exact type of support you are looking for. If you want support for starting your new vegan lifestyle, you can get that. If you want support for marathon training, you can get that. If you want support for almost anything you can find it online, just Google “support group” for whatever need you may have.

I know that there are many more sources that you can tap into for support, but these were just a few that I wanted to mention. Setting up a support network is important to your long-term health, wellness and fitness success. I am not saying that you can’t be successful without it, I am just saying that it’s great to have. Remember, if you need help with this or any aspect of your health wellness and fitness journey, feel free to reach out to me directly. #letsgetit

• If you need help navigating any part of your health, wellness and fitness process, you can contact Ethan Quant at ethan@elite-wellnesssolutions.com or on Instagram at @ethanquant.

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