“Results Will Be Found in the Company That You Keep” – Peterson Company Fitness
This is the motto from one of my fellow trainer’s and friend, Becky’s gym in Reedsburg, WI. Honestly, the motto is perfect on so many levels.
You are more likely to get results with a support system.
You are more likely to become like those you spend time with.
The truth of it is, you cannot reach your goals – in whatever facet of life we are talking about – without setting yourself up around like-minded, like-motivated, people – in AND out of optimal environments.
Want to exercise more? Hang out with people who like to go to the gym.
Want to become a microbrew connoisseur? Hang out with people who drink microbrews.
Want to become a pothead stoner? Hang around with potheads.
Trying to be the black sheep in a majority environment will and can only last so long. If you are in a group that does not support your views, goals, ambitions, you either succumb to the norm or walk away.
“But Mike, I’m trying to lose weight, and my co-workers/friends are all fit – yet they eat the same lunches that I do, and we hang out on Friday nights – yet they get these results and I don’t”
This is a very narrow-minded view. Just because you eat lunch with them, and go out for drinks weekly, doesn’t mean you see the whole picture. Let’s say you spend 6 hours a week with them, doing the same stuff, eating the same stuff… that’s 3.5% of the week.
I wouldn’t call that truly mimicking their lifestyle.
That is why you have to look deeper. What are their day-to-day habits like? Sleep, Food, Choices, Exercise, Steps, Activity, Mental, Mindset, Stress, and the list goes on and on…
Hang around them more often. Take your gym friendships outside of the gym. Talk about things that relate to health. Build a lifestyle around it. It doesn’t have to consume you to the point where it is all you talk about, but if you start living like someone who takes care of their body and health – well, you will start looking like someone who takes care of their body and health!
However – this doesn’t mean that if your friend looks awesome and doesn’t eat carbs, that you must not eat carbs to look awesome. This doesn’t mean that if your friend squats 300 pounds, you must squat 300 pounds to have that nice booty.
More importantly, it is the HABITS and the PATTERNS that your friend focusses on that are likely the areas that you should focus on as well.
Maybe they track their food or at least are conscious of what they eat (not eating carbs creates a caloric deficit – that’s all)
They squat 300 pounds because they are consistent with workouts, track workouts, and challenge their body in the gym – that is what to focus on!
Keep company with those you want to be like, those you enjoy being around, and those that support you in whatever you want to become.
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Stay healthy my friends,