Thousands of men and women are losing fat and building muscle thanks to the Web. What the Internet provides (aside from endless – yet pointless – amusement) is a source of social support, a crucial factor in the success of any body-transformation program.

In the Archives of Internal Medicine, 249 adults were split into two groups, with one group receiving motivational help on the Internet and another receiving the motivational help in print. The study ran for one year. Both types of motivational help resulted in the same increase in physical activity. But the researchers concluded that the low cost of delivering the information via the Internet made it the better choice.

The Internet is teeming with social support resources. Get online and find a network to help motivate you to become healthier today.

[Ed. Note: Fitness expert Craig Ballantyne is the creator of the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss system.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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