You can lead a horse to water, … The best you can hope for is to find things that you can do together that the other person enjoys or is at least willing to do with you. Small additions to activity could lead to more changes. But unless the person wants to change their activity habits, it will be an ongoing struggle. Try not to turn it into a tug of war. Be supportive and keep asking the other to join you in activities.
I agree with lead by example. I tell my clients with significant others to do the right thing for them and hopefully their spouse will follow suite. Buy healthy items at the store, stock the pantry with healthier choices. Ultimately it has to be their decision, if they are forced into it they will not succeed.
Great answers! It’s one of the toughest questions we, as fitness professionals, get. How do I get someone I care about to ultimately enjoy the many benefits of becoming fit?
I think the key point from everyone is that you can’t force a lifestyle change in someone else. As Danielle says, someone will change a habit when he/she is ready and not before. Just live your fitness lifestyle, and stay committed. Perhaps the message of how good you feel, how much energy you have and the equilibrium you enjoy will be a powerful message.