Are you struggling to stick to your fitness goals? There are lots of reasons why this might happen, but a place we often forget to look at is a person’s environment!
When it comes to getting fit, many people think that they can do it all by themself (and some can!). But the truth is, if you want to see results, you need to create an environment for yourself that supports your fitness success. Having a support system, accountability partners, or a coach is often the essential key to guide you through and enable you to reach the results you want (and maintain them).
Okay… so… HOW?
How do I set up an environment for success?
The first step is to develop those WHYs as an individual, and then… share them with your people! That could be your family, spouse, co-worker, or BFF. Those people are your environment! This should be someone who understands why it is important for you to achieve your fitness goals, who you know will be 100% supportive of whatever it takes for you to get there (within reason, of course 😉 ). Have that conversation with your support system, whoever that is, to make sure they are aware of what you are taking on. This way they can be there for you to encourage, support, and remind you why you started.
Another way is to have a coach. It seems like everyone is trying to be their own coach in today’s world. But, why? You’ve got enough to worry about. Figuring it all out on your own can just add more stress. Remember, it is OKAY to ask for help! Having a real coach – someone who knows what they’re doing and has your best interests at heart – can make a world of difference when it comes to achieving success. A good coach doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear; they also tell you what you don’t want to hear (in a nice way). Because without telling you what you need to hear, then they’re just trying to cheerlead you along in another program. There has to be a mindset shift component, an internal change. Build a habit and be consistent with it. You need to have that patience and willingness to do the tough parts of your fitness journey.
And that is it… it’s crucial to have a good support system or environment to avoid giving up easily when things get tough.
And lastly, the principle of five – the five people you spend the most time with. You have to take a realistic look at where you’re spending your time and in what environment. Are your five people going the way you want to go? Are they pulling you further away from your goals, or pushing you along the right path? Think about it, and consider who you spend your time with. We encourage clients to try and be around people that are just a few steps ahead of you so that they continue to help pull you forward.
Having a healthy environment is not just about having someone in your corner. It’s about having someone who wants to help you grow, who wants to see you step into a better version of yourself, who wants to see you get more out of life, and who wants to see the healthiest person you can be.