We have all heard the phrase “you are the product of your own environment”. Unfortunately when I talk to people about it, most interpret it in a bad way, tying this phrase only to a negative situation. What if I told you that not only does this phrase have a huge positive potential but it is literally one of the best tips I could give you when it comes to making some major changes to your fitness, changing the way you live and becoming a lean mean fitness machine! Yes! You heard it right! Let me explain what I mean by it in a few points.
- People you surround yourself with. It’s a hugely important factor, whether you want to admit it or not we are emotional sponges. We will soak up emotions from the people who we have contact with. Positivity/negativity, motivation and drive to go to the gym 5 times a week and train your balls off vs the binge drinking weekend nights followed by movie marathon days spent on the sofa stuffing your face with pizza and kebabs. People that you are surrounded by will have a huge effect on your behaviour and choices. That’s why community based gyms win every time vs big commercial ones. As soon as you join a community based gym (like most cross fit gyms are) with a little effort you form new friendships. This is your chance to form a group of friends who will not only make the process of embarking on your fitness journey a lot easier but also very enjoyable. There is nothing that can beat the feeling of being a part of a tight team working together, supporting and pushing each other to new goals previously thought unattainable. Surround yourself with people who breath positivity and you will see your world change!
2 . In today’s day and age we are surrounded by free information. It’s almost information overload! At a touch of a button we have access to any library in the world. We choose to use that power to look at memes of cats… So how do we apply this to our environment? Podcasts, YouTube videos, blogs, if you want to make your new environment extra cool. Make “celebrity” coaches and athletes a part of your group! Listen to them every week! Sacrifice one hour every day and watch your favourite athletes, coaches, fitness pros, after all they put the content up because they want to speak to YOU! Not only will you gain some awesome knowledge on how to take better care of your body, you will also further increase your chances of making fitness a big part of your life for good!
3 . Food, it doesn’t matter how hard you train if you still eat the way you ate to make yourself feel miserable! I get it, you like doughnuts, burgers, kebab and pizza. Everyone does! I’m here to tell you, that fortunately you don’t have to go cold turkey and drop all the things you like so much. All we need to do is make sure that those foods are no more than 10% of your weekly food intake. Thanks to the new information you gain access to via step 2, you can learn to track your food intake and with a little help from your coach get a macro split that will support your goals. Once we are logging our food intake we can really stay on top of it and plan our meals in advance. Then we know we can have a bit of cake, the odd meal out or a Chinese. We just need to make sure that our kitchen cupboards aren’t filled with cheap sugary low nutrient foods. Let me ask you this what are the chances of having an “accidental” pack of Doritos if every time you go to the shop you buy a family pack. The same with cake and any other comfort food! So I’m not saying cut it out completely. Rather start getting rid of comfort foods from your kitchen and only keep a very small amount but know exactly when you will eat it and make sure the macros add up at the end of the day!
Hopefully you can see now how small changes to your daily environment can have HUGE effects on YOU, your health and fitness! Trust me when I say no 8 week transformation or a 30 day detox or any other gimmicky sounding scheme will have any noticeable effects compared to you changing your environment step by step and making fitness a priority and a part of your life!