Are you tired of trying to motivate yourself to lose weight? It is true that there are just some things that we can do better with a buddy!

Studies show that having a weight loss buddy leads to a high rate of success, but there are things to consider when choosing your partner. Your best friend is not necessarily “it.” You have to be brutally honest with yourself when choosing your buddy. Here are some important things to consider:

First, both of you would have to agree to do this and to be honest about it. What do you need? What does your buddy need? Do you both need a push or just somebody to jog with? Maybe somebody who could take on your tasks so you can go exercise? How about someone who can influence and inspire you to eat healthy?

Second, if you choose a workout partner, you’ll need to coordinate days and times as well as type of exercise. Working out with a friend encourages you both to try different exercises than you may try on your own. It is easier to walk into that group exercise class with a friend than it is to go in alone. Or maybe your buddy likes to do aqua exercise while you prefer hiking – take turns deciding the day’s workout and you’ll get a good variety of activities – and variety is key to maintaining your interest while building muscle and losing fat.

Personalities are different, needs are different and what each person can offer to the other is different. Decide what you can give and what you’d like to get in return, and start your weight loss journey together today!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, would like to attend a free informational seminar, please call us at 907-644-THIN.

Side Lying Hip Abduction

Step 1
Starting Position: Lie on your side on a mat/floor with your legs extended straight away from your body. Hold your feet together in neutral position and your lower arm bent and positioned under your head for support, while the upper arm rests upon your upper hip. Your hips and shoulder should be aligned vertically to the floor. Your head should be aligned with your spine.

Step 2
Upward Phase: Exhale and gently raise the upper leg off the lower leg while keeping the knee extended and the foot in a neutral position. The hips should remain vertical to the floor and the knee of the raised leg should point straight away from you. Continue raising the leg until the hips begin to tilt upwards or until you feel tension develop in your low back or oblique muscles.

Step 3
Downward Phase: Gently inhale and slowly return your raised leg to your starting position in a controlled manner. After completing your set, roll over and repeat with the opposite leg.

A common mistake is raising the leg too high in this exercise. Given the design of the hip joint, the thigh can only abduct (move out sideways) to 45 degrees. Any movement beyond that position involves movement of the entire hip and no longer targets the muscles intended for this exercise.

Get to Know the Jicama!

The Jicama is also known as a Mexican turnip. This is great for weight loss because it is high in fiber. It contains vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and antioxidants. Jicama has thin, brown skin (almost papery) with a crunchy and juicy interior. It’s great for the summer because it is refreshing and hydrating!