The people you work out with, the friend who cheers you on during spin class, the one who helps you wrap your hands in boxing, who cheers you while you try to jump rope and doesn’t care what you are wearing, a valued and trusted pal who has goals just like you and you work together to make them happen!
Your gym squad, your people, your fitness tribe, your support system or fitfam.
We all need that person (or persons), ESPECIALLY when it comes to health and fitness.
Here is something to think about:
“Research conducted at Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina showed that people who did not have strong social support were 50% more likely to die from illness than those who had such support.”
A little scary but it’s a good perspective.
The point is that it can’t be a diet or some sort of half-hearted effort at getting healthy and fit. Diets don’t work and the truth is that most people stop going to the gym 90 days or less after they start. It’s a vicious cycle and one that’s repeated far too often for most people.
Don’t let this happen to you!!
The only way to be truly successful is to change your lifestyle, and that’s only going to happen if you have the right support system in place.
Here are some good reasons why:
There’s strength in numbers! Humans are social by nature. There’s a reason we have families, friends, and relationships. There’s confidence to be found in a trusted group of people who always have your back no matter what the setting or situation and especially when it comes to health and fitness. Sharing your goals, your successes, and your struggles and failures too, can be a huge motivator and make all the difference in achieving your goals.
Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s true. Slogging through a workout solo can have you watching the clock like a hawk. Every step drags and you find yourself wondering if it’s ever going to end. The solution? Bring a friend. Guarantee you’ll pay attention less to the time and more to the grind if someone’s doing it right along with you. And you’ll probably share a few laughs
Accountability. We all need it, and it’s nearly impossible to be accountable to yourself, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Having a gym friends to keep you honest s a game changer. You’re more likely to show up to the gym if someone is waiting there for you. You’re going to work harder if someone’s there cheering you on. Accountability is key!
Common Goals. Surrounding yourself with people who have the same goals and desires that you do automatically make those goals more achievable. Why? Because you want the same things and that keeps you on the same page and dialed in. Surround yourself with those who want the same things that you do, and you’ll find it easier to do the work and make the right choices.
Make The Work Count. Success is best when shared. Is it easy or fun watching your nutrition? No way! But if you’re trying to be more aware and selective about the things you choose to fuel your body with, it helps to have a friend who understands what you’re going through and can help you focus less on the present and more on the bigger picture.
Keep It Competitive. Who said a little competition couldn’t be fun? There’s nothing more motivating than having someone working alongside you step for step. It’s not about winning, but it is about motivation, and sometimes a little competition is exactly what the doctor ordered.
So, it’s really up to you to decide whether or not you’re in it for the long haul. Those who are ultimately successful and able to maintain a healthy lifestyle surround themselves with other like-minded people who motivate, sustain, and support their efforts - Creating a ripple effect of the best kind.