Build Your Team
Yesterday I watched Heidi play football for her school in the county cup and they won 20-0!!! It goes without saying that that’s a pretty impressive score (and my mam-pride was in overdrive) but the most impressive part about it was how the girls were together as a team.
They gave each other bags of positive encouragement, they supported each other, helped each other in tricky situations and they all had a shared aim…to achieve their goal of winning the game and progressing to the next round.
It’s no different if you want to be successful at achieving your health and fitness goals…you need to be surrounded by people who believe in you, push you, positively encourage you and help you make your ‘journey’ a fun one.
Often we think of setting health and fitness goals and going after them as a solo sport…which it can be if that’s how you like it, but more often than not, it’s the people that see the importance in having a ‘team’ around you that are most likely to achieve their goals.
For example, let’s say you want to reduce your body fat by 5%…
You could hit the gym 5 times a week as a lone wolf (and potentially talk yourself out of a couple of sessions), or you could work with a trainer, workout with a friend of family member or go to a class, meaning it’s waaaaay harder to cancel as you’re more accountable, it’s more fun, you are more challenged and without a doubt you’re more likely to succeed.
Your ‘fitness team’ may only be you and one other person, but the level of accountability, positivity and self belief will be noticeably elevated, leading to goal attainment.
So if you are finding it tough to motivate yourself or you just want to accelerate your path to achieving your goal, then it’s time to start recruiting people for your team.
The obvious choices for team members are a personal trainer, or a workout buddy, but then there are people like your partner, parents or work colleagues who you can share your goals with and they can keep you hyped, and support you every step of the way.
Support can come in many forms, such as offering to help with childcare so that you can workout, or cooking you a healthy evening meal, or simply paying you a compliment.
Why not spend the weekend setting your goal, and deciding who you’re going to surround yourself with/who’s going to be on your team to help you get there