Surrounded by unhealthy friends and family? Skip the nagging and practice the ancient art of psychological jujitsu. They'll never see you coming.
: While this video is awesome, it didn't go to medical school. Always consult your doctor for actual medical advice.
Step 1: Pretend they're in charge Let them think it's their idea. Ask rhetorical questions they'll answer yes to, like, "Wouldn't it be great to be fabulously thin?" Then, casually mention a number of different options that could help. By making a choice, they'll feel in control and empowered.
TIP: Phrase your questioning as if it's pertinent to you, not them. They might be likelier to do something for your sake than for their own.
Step 2: Fool them into a checkup Fool them into getting a checkup by turning it into sport. Arrange a scavenger hunt with items like "your cholesterol levels" or "proof of a flu shot."
Step 3: Send them on errands Send them on meaningless errands to get their heart rate up. Your knee is aching – surely they wouldn't mind getting the book you left upstairs? Oops, sorry, the other book. Thanks … oh, also your reading glasses?
TIP: Give the fake errands some fake urgency; claim they're giving away free ice cream on the other side of the mall.
Step 4: Use mind tricks Play mind tricks. Because most people tend to believe what's said about them, if you refer to someone as energetic and active, they'll begin to feel – and then act – that way.
Step 5: Throw down the gauntlet Challenge them to a little healthy competition, whether it's running laps or lifting weights. The thrill of victory can be a powerful motivator, so do what you can to make the contest believably close … but always in their favor.
FACT: One study found that rats that ran regularly created new brain cells that were protected from stress.