The secret ingredient for optimal health? Kindness, says this fitness expert

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the key to improving your health is a new diet or more willpower. Its kindness shines through, says the founder of a unique program that will launch in January

Every Sunday, participants in Eddie Jones’ health program fill out a form to let him know how they went during the week. But they don’t track workout duration, weight loss or calories. Instead, they possess acts of kindness.

It’s completely anonymous, so I can’t tell who’s writing. I wouldn’t know, Jones said. I just dip into it every week or two. There’s some really, really amazing stuff out there.

He directed a participant to buy supermarket vouchers for someone struggling to feed their children. Another cares for a bee with an injured wing. Others simply wrote a kind note to an acquaintance and placed it in a flower pot for them to find.

Participants of Jones’ program show a little kindness for their community by picking up trash. Photo: Eddie Jones

Jones is a qualified personal trainer and nutritionist who has been helping people transform their health for nearly a decade. The inspiration for his course, The Kindness Revolution, came after he helped set up a local litter-picking group. A lot of good came from that, and I began to understand the benefits of giving more to those around me.

The result is a 12-week online program. Participants are guided through a series of easy-to-follow habits that help them lose weight safely and sustainably, Jones explains, improve their relationship with food, and get off the treadmill diet.

At the same time, people are encouraged to perform a small act of kindness every day. For every piece of work they submit, they earn 50p back from the cost of the course. This can be refunded at the end of the program or can be used for additional support.

I learned to be kinder to myself and just take small steps to get there

Nearly 800 acts of kindness have been logged so far more than 10 for every person who completed the pilot, which was launched in April 2023. The new program will launch in January, with spaces limited to just 30 people to allow one -to-one. email support. The the waitlist is open for those who want to get a spot early.

I learned to be kinder to myself and just take small steps to get there, said Sarah Yates, who participated in the pilot. Yates, who joined after health problems stopped her running and led to weight gain, said the program changed her mindset.

I was like a yo-yo dieter in the past. It’s all or nothing, he said. I was doing well and then, if I let it slip, that was it. [I felt] it was done in vain.

Jones’ new program begins in January. Photo: Eddie Jones

This is a problem most people who have tried to lose weight relate to. Many studies have shown that it is difficult to maintain weight after a diet. A recent review of 29 separate studies found that 50% of the weight lost was regained within two years, increasing to 80% within five years.

According to Eryn Barbera coach from Manchester with a postgraduate degree in strength and conditioning, the key is sustainability and long-term thinking.

Losing weight takes time and you have to stay consistent and keep it off so it’s all about taking it slow, she says. You still have to enjoy your life. I really don’t believe in doing quick fixes, because they don’t work.

People shouldn’t feel like they’re being pressured to exercise, says coach Eryn Barber. Image Bermix Studios

Barber recommends that anyone looking for support should look for coaches who offer a personalized plan, as well as a healthy approach to fitness and eating.

When people don’t feel like they’re punishing themselves to exercise, he explains, they train more because they’re less focused on being as small as possible, and more focused on performance. This means they feel better about themselves.

Its approach is illustrated by Jones in The Kindness Revolution: It is unrealistic to ask people to follow a specific meal plan or calorie-counting diet. You can only follow an eating plan as long as you have a life that allows that to happen and, in my experience, there really is no such thing.

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What happens when the Christmas holidays come around, work gets busy, or you want to eat out? Life throws people off their plan and before they know it, they’ve gained all the weight back. Worse, they blame themselves and become their own worst critics, fueling self-sabotage and other unhelpful behaviors.

Instead, Jones’ program encourages you to use self-kindness as fuel as it guides you through a series of simple but powerful habits. Every habit is formed eventually and can be done 365 days a year. That means even during busy times and holidays, you can still achieve results that last, he explains.

I don’t expect anyone in the program to be perfect. In fact, one of the mindsets we work on is ‘progress, not perfection’. Maybe you can’t do everything, but you can still do something. Those little ‘somethings’ soon add up to big results”.

For Yates at least, who reached his first goals, it was transformative: It stays with you. It’s up to me to apply it but I have all the tools I need to do it.

Main photo: Eddie Jones picks up trash with his program’s contestants.

Credit: Eddie Jones

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