Recruiting social support part 2 - Cheerleaders

There are four types of people that you might come across in your support network. These are Buddies, Cheerleaders, Hecklers and Saboteurs.

This article describes Cheerleaders and how to recruit them.


A cheerleader doesn’t partner so closely with you, but they do cheer from the sidelines with generous encouragement, praise and friendly support.

When recruiting cheerleaders look for people who are naturally supportive. You may need to let others know exactly how they should cheer your efforts.

Ideas for how cheerleaders can help:

  • Ask you how you are doing each week

  • Offer only positive advice, comments or feedback

  • Give you compliments on your appearance

  • Remind you why your goals are important

  • Question your excuses for not exercising

  • Take time to listen to your successes and challenges

  • Avoid discussions about dieting when they are with you

  • Offer helpful tips and information about food and fitness

  • Are non-judgmental when you appear to be off your diet

  • Start a fitness club at work to sign up more cheerleaders

  • Share positive stories about your efforts with other friends

  • Do extra work around the house to give you time for activity

  • Spend active social time away from food distractions

  • Change their schedule to allow you to fit in exercise

  • Are prepared to try new foods that you are eating

  • Provide healthy food options when you visit their home

  • Buy you flowers to say, “Well done!”

    Surround yourself with positive energy that boosts your motivation!

    Who can you recruit as cheerleaders?

    Recruiting social support part 1 - Buddies

    Recruiting social support part 3 - Hecklers

    Recruiting social support part 4 - Saboteurs

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