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Almost everyone knows someone who is unfit and lives an unhealthy lifestyle. In fact, chances are good that someone you care about or even a family member fits this description, whether they’re overweight, obese, a heavy drinker, smoker, or completely sedentary.

So, it’s not too surprising that I’m often asked by people who have started their fitness journeys and seen the benefits of getting healthier, “how can I convince my friend/dad/wife/cousin to lose weight, start working out, or get fit?” 

Of course, we all want our loved ones to live long, healthy lives. But avoiding disease, dysfunction, and an early death aren’t enough. We want to see our closest friends and family thrive and live out the best version of themselves.

And this is what I’m talking about on this podcast with Danny Matranga. We discuss the first step to helping someone else get fit, habit stacking, the importance of not giving “blanket” fitness advice, why you should be positive rather than critical, and a lot more.

In case you’re not familiar with Danny, he’s a coach and owner of Core Coaching Method, an educator, and the host of his own podcast called Dynamic Dialogue. Danny knows all about not only helping people get fit, but making that process enjoyable, which is why he’s a great guest to talk about the best ways to encourage others to adopt healthier habits.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to “convince” someone you care about to start working out, start dieting, lose weight, go to the gym with you, or just exercise enough to not be sedentary, you don’t want to miss this podcast!


0:00 – Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag:

8:04 – How do you “convince” someone to start working out, diet, or live a healthier lifestyle?                                  

9:16 – How many people are obese?                                 

11:52 – What are the government recommendations for how much to move?                                 

17:12 – What’s the first step of encouraging someone to get started?               

20:26 – What is habit stacking?                 

24:02 – Why you should be positive and encouraging rather than criticizing.                               

27:09 – Why you can’t give the same advice to everyone.        

35:44 – How has social media affected expectations of how much work it takes to get fit and healthier?                              

43:07 – What about people who aren’t ready to make any changes yet?                                  

48:09 – What about people with physical limitations or accessibility issues?                                 

48:56 – Is a TRX useful?                                 

1:01:28 – The formula for “convincing” others to get fit.       

1:05:24 – Where can people find you and your work?

Mentioned on the Show:

Danny Matranga’s Instagram

Dynamic Dialogue Podcast

My New Book Muscle For Life

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!