The people that you surround yourself with - your network - will be critical in ensuring that your fitness program is a success. It’s especially important if you’re just beginning on a weight management program.
Hang with negative people, those who are not on board with your goals, who show little interest in bettering themselves, and who are not displaying balance in their own lives, and all of your hard work - your useful habits - will be in jeopardy of being spoilt. This is especially important in the first 3 months of starting your workout plan. During this initial period, you are learning new behaviors. Nothing is habitual yet. You are in danger of reverting back to your old, comfortable ways. There is always the danger that you will indulge in self-sabotaging behaviors that will hold you back. Support is critical.
Here are 7 ways that you can create and cultivate a supportive network.
- Make Yourself Accountable: By sharing your goals with other people you make yourself accountable. You can bet that next time you meet up they’ll ask how’s that goal coming along. Ask for specific support - such as enquiring about how your nutritional plan is going or how your yoga flexibility is progressing. Sharing your weight management goals can also be a great way to grow your social network.
- Surround Yourself with Active People: It is a human tendency to mimic the actions of those around us. And when we are in the company of people who have a lot of self -control, our own self-control is increased. So, surround yourself with people who are invigorated, active and goal oriented.
- Get Socially Active: Look for ways to make your social life more active. Team up for a bicycle ride, a game of basketball, a trip to the zoo, a walk to the top of a local mountain trail. Try them and discover how much more rewarding they are than popcorn and a movie.
- Find Instrumental Support: Among your network of supportive friends and family, tap into people who are available and happy to provide practical support to help you to achieve your weight management goals - someone who can provide an occasional lift to the gym or take care of the kids while you go for a run can make all the difference in the world.
- Find Informational Support: Find respected certified personal trainers, gym staff or medical professionals who can provide you with reliable, dependable information relevant to your weight management goals.
- Find Online Support: Join an online fitness community. You’ll be able to share your workout experiences, boast about your daily workout successes and receive positive feedback from like-minded people who are going through the same experiences as you are.
- Join a Group Fitness Class: A great way to increase your social circle of fitness-minded peers. It’s also a terrific way to get and stay motivated during your workout. A group fitness class will also keep you accountable. Often the biggest battle is turning up. When you’ve booked a class – and paid ahead of time – you’ve got a whole lot more incentive to be there!
When you’re part of a group, you are also far more likely to maintain a consistent exercise effort. When you’re going solo, it’s easy to slack off and let your mind wander. But when you are part of a team, you’ve got that group pressure to keep up with everyone else – as well as the eagle eye of the instructor keeping watch!
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