Whether you are training to lose weight, get fit or run a marathon you cannot do it alone, at times you will need to draw on friends, family and colleagues to help you out and give you a nudge in the right direction. Surrounding yourself with supportive, knowledgeable and like-minded people can give your training a massive boost so think of the people you know and who may be able to help you out.
There are 168 hours in the week and you might get to spend 1 or 2 of those with your trainer each week. Meaning you are accountable for what happens in the other 166 hours. So it is extremely helpful if you can get the people you spend the most time with (your partner, family, friends) to help you out. Let them know what you are doing and why it means so much to you and I’m sure they will be more than happy to give you the support you need.
Things like your nutrition will play a massive role in getting your body to where you want it to be. Having the people you live with or go out to dinner with on the same page as you will make it easier to prepare healthier meals or make better restaurant choices when you are eating out. Also there will be times when you will be tempted to eat foods that aren’t exactly the most appropriate choices, but having the people around you acting as a little guardian angel on your shoulder to remind you of your goals can help make sure you are making the best choices with your food, getting you to your goals faster. Training for an event or weight loss can also become time consuming be sure those around you are aware that you may need to spend 30 – 45 minutes a day training to help you lose weight or 2 – 3 hours on a long run to prepare you for that marathon, which in the short term may place some constraints on your availability but the long term benefits to your health, happiness and sense of achievement once you reach your milestone will all be worthwhile.
By talking with the people within your support network you may even find someone to train alongside you every step of the way, maybe even inspire some of your friends to embark on a fitness journey of their own. So talk to those around you, get them onside and get your fitness journey firing.