So, what do we do? We can create our own mini-spheres of influence around us. I call this building your OWN culture of good health. My mom once told me, “surround yourself with people who feed you.” She meant that I should surround myself with people who support me, nourish me, and make me stronger, healthier, and happier. This is the single most powerful piece of advice I've ever received.
In my late 20s I made a conscious choice to seek out people who supported what I value, like being in the outdoors, taking fun group-exercise classes, eating healthy food, traveling, being silly, having meaningful conversations about relationships, growing old, reading good books, parenting, and all the other things that fill me up.
When I started barre3 in 2008, my community grew exponentially. I now have hundreds of people who support my healthy lifestyle each day, including everyone I work with. So, today, I plan to lean on my team. I bet someone would love to have a walking meeting with me. But even if this doesn’t happen, someone here will remind me that being healthy isn’t just about exercising. Someone in my culture of good health will inspire me to take a deep breath, laugh at myself, and move forward in a healthy way.
Chances are, you’ve already begun building your own culture of good health—perhaps without even realizing that’s what you’re doing. It’s the friend who takes fitness classes with you, the coworker you grab healthy lunches with, the sister who texts to remind you to take your Vitamin D. I encourage you to keep building, using my mom’s invaluable advice as your north star. And remember: Just as your culture of good health supports your healthy lifestyle, you support theirs. We are all teachers AND students in this, here to discover and learn from each other.
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