Motivation Tip: Get Competitive

Motivation Tip 20 - Get Motivated!Motivation Tip 20 - Get Motivated!

Get Competitive: With Yourself or Your Friends.  

Light a little fire behind you.  There is nothing like a little competition to get your motor running.  It does not matter whether it is a golf game, shooting hoops, playing chess, or just about any activity, friendly competition can help you improve.  A little competition goes a long way toward improving your game, and it will even help with weight loss.  You can set up an online competition, or at work, you can compete with your spouse, and even yourself.   There is no limit to the options so be inventive.  

Proof you ask?  Look at the Biggest Loser series.  Competition helps with weight loss and makes each participant feed off of the success fo one another.  A study published in the journal Obesity looked at a statewide competition from Rhoad Island[1],[2].  The study looked at subjects involved weight loss competition.  The competitors lost an average on 3.2 Kgs weight loss at 6 weeks and maintain 2.4 Kgs at 6 months.  Only 5-6 pounds, you might say, but the point is that each pound of weight loss reduces your risk of diabetes by 16%.  

The bottom line: Competition helps weight loss and maintaining motivation. Although the results were not dramatic, it was significant.    

[1]Wing et al., “A Statewide Intervention Reduces BMI in Adults: Shape Up Rhode Island Results.”
[2]“Weight Loss Competitions Produce Encouraging Results.”
“Weight Loss Competitions Produce Encouraging Results.” Brown University. Accessed July 9, 2017.
Wing, Rena R., Angela M. Pinto, Melissa M. Crane, Rajiv Kumar, Brad M. Weinberg, and Amy A. Gorin. “A Statewide Intervention Reduces BMI in Adults: Shape Up Rhode Island Results.” Obesity. Wiley-Blackwell, May 2009. doi: 10.1038/oby.2008.655
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I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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