Where Do You Spend Your Time?
The old adage goes, you are the sum of the 5 people with whom you spend the most time. That makes sense though. How many of us have spent time with some friends with accents and slowly pick up on and start using those accents? Whether we mean to or not, the people who surround us directly influence our behaviors.
Now let’s take this a step farther and direct it to your fitness, because after all, this is a fitness blog.
If you are the sum of your five closest friends, how are they influencing you? Do they push you to do more, to succeed, to make yourself better? Or do they drag you down whenever they get the chance.?
Think about it, are your friends constantly hounding you about your weird eating habits? Do they think you trying to eat a healthier diet is stupid or a waste of time? Do they insist that you accompany them to restaurants and eat unhealthy just like they do? Are they sloths that sit around on the couch all day lacking ambition?
On the flip side, do you have friends who call you out if you skip too many days at the gym? Do they encourage you to reach your fitness goals? Will they make accommodations for your “crazy” diet in order to help you be successful? Are they ambitious too, trying daily to improve and achieve great things?
If your friends are like the former, you may want to consider finding new friends. As much as we try to avoid it, our friends directly affect how we behave and act. If your friends lack motivation and goals, then slowly but surely you’ll find your ambition sapped by their laziness. You may not mean for it to happen, but you’ll see yourself slowly slipping into their habits, just like the example above of dropping into an accent after spending time with people with accents.
Unfortunately your one hour per day at the gym can’t outrun the rest of the influences in your life. I highly recommend taking a look at who you’re spending the most time with and whether they are doing you more good or more harm. If you have some of this negativity in your life, consider picking up some more positive influences. Not to say that you have to drop your friends all together, but spend more time with like-minded individuals, not energy sappers.
Surround yourself with positive influences and you’ll be better for it.
A big welcome to G. Doing ring dips in his first class!
Fitness and Performance
Take 10 minutes to work on the gymnastics skill of your choice
25 min amrap
6 wall walks or walk outs
6 tire flips
50m farmer carry