Ady's tips number 4
Surround yourself with the right people
Until now if a fit, healthy and active lifestyle is something that has eluded you then chances are you are hanging around unhealthy and unfit people. In this tip we will examine the 3 types of people who you NEED to surround yourself with who will give you all the support you need to get up and get going. I also suspect that once you get active you will inspire the ones you used to hang around with to follow your lead to get up, get going and most importantly go the distance.
Before we dive straight into the 3 types of people let's consider what it takes to do something big that you can safely say with pride 'that was some accomplishment!'. Research and indeed common sense tells us that to do something big that makes a serious difference there are 7 ingredients necessary.
These are the first 6:
Self belief that you can do whatever it takes to make it happen
A compelling reason to get up and get going
A goal worth going for
A plan based on the best information you have at the time and can find out as you go along
Taking 100% responsibility (This means never making any excuses)
Taking big and constant action
Think about anything big that's ever happened then all of these 6 things must have been in place to achieve big stuff.
Seb Coe - Bringing the Olympics to the UK and delivering an incredible experience in 2012
Any athlete achieving a Gold medal
Passing exams at school
Achieving a promotion at work
Meeting your sales targets
etc etc - the list is quite literally endless
For many people achieving success can and often is achieved on their own but the bigger the goal gets then there is a need to surround yourself with the right people.
Now I am guessing here that if you not the size and shape you'd like to be then the chances are that you are not regularly hanging out with athletes who train and compete? There is no coincidence that being large and unfit or indeed slim and fit tends to run in families. After all we become like the people we choose to surround ourselves with.
There is one study that suggests that your income is directly linked to the average income of all the 6 people you regularly hang out with. If you want to be rich hang out with rich people, if you want to be fashionable hang out with fashionable people and of course if you want to be fit and healthy guess who you need to spend lots of time with!
Unless you are seriously motivated to change and have all the knowledge you need then these are the 3 types of people who you need to spend lots of time with.
People who have already been where you intend to go. If you want to run a marathon then it's good to listen and learn from people who have already done this
People who can advise you on all the things you will need to learn, do and equip yourself with to achieve your goal or goals. For example: training and diet plans, exercise equipment and how to use it, clothing and information about organisations, clubs and people who can help you and want to help you.
People who will encourage, inspire and push you to do whatever it takes to achieve your weight, fitness and athletic goals to rediscover the joys of living a healthy and active lifestyle
Now when we talk about the three types of people it may well be that you know someone who has all these qualities in abundance. In my case to run the 2013 London marathon I really only needed the help of one man and a place to work out. A good friend from the army witnessed my weight loss and needs to lose more offered to help by being a training partner he helped me get more out of my training and pushed me to my limits in the gym to taking me out on the road from a 5 minute agony run to pushing to a hour long run and more. I had all the motivation I needed to do whatever it took by everyone seeing my results and me feeling my results. If you've read my story you'll understand why I HAD to change.
At Ady's bootcamps and one-to-ones we already have one person who fits numbers 1 and 3; Me! And when we decided to offer support to others who want to get up, get going and go the distance we spent lots of time searching for and recruiting fitness and health experts who have years of experience and the necessary qualifications to assure you that you will be in the best of hands when you choose to spend time with us.
Here's the biography of our head trainer.
Hi, my name is Andy, having served 22 years in the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment traveling and experiencing life different to that of the average person. I decided I wanted to work closely with people here at home unlocking their ability and allowing them to pursue a healthier, challenging and enjoyable path in life. I have participated in sports and events as far back as I can remember and have competed in the Windsor, Londonderry and Singapore half marathons including track events, cross country and swimming. I have been passionate about fitness for a long time continuing to challenge myself and wish to share that with you.
I therefore embarked on to a personal trainer course which I thoroughly enjoyed and gained the relevant qualifications enabling me to offer advice and guidance in the areas of exercise and fitness. Not only will I be a friendly face and someone to chat to I will motivate you and can assist with weight loss, endurance training, strength training, core training, muscle tone, posture correction, cardio fitness and nutritional advice.
I am a humble and modest family man, I am hardworking, diligent, thorough, proactive and a hugely energetic individual. I have that ability to put people at ease whilst advising them and am a great listener. I am willing to go the extra mile and undertake additional responsibility and work longer in order to provide the best service.
My ethos is to encourage, to teach, to maintain, and to support. I strive to achieve the best results whilst providing the best service for you the client.
I am dedicated to the fitness industry and will continue to develop. I am currently studying for level-3 pre and post natal exercise prescription as well as postural assessment corrective exercise and pad work instructor.
Level-3 fitness instructor and personal trainer
Level-3 nutritional advisor
Premier Certificate in Kettlebell instruction
Level-2 in emergency first aid
Now he satisfies all 3 criterion; he's been there and done it many times, he has all the necessary skills and qualifications and he's a seriously inspirational man. He has also carefully surrounded himself with the right male and female trainers who are there to educate, support and encourage you to achieve your weight and fitness related goals.
Now I will give you a sneak peek into your future into what's in store.
Note : You might choose to add what I am about to talk about to your own storyboard which I do hope you have created. If no then shame on you. Go and re-read Ady's tip number 3 and do it now!
As you become fitter and healthier you will develop more confidence to take on bigger physical challenges. It doesn't really matter what sport or physical activities you choose there are always bigger things to take on; going faster, getting stronger, working out longer, competing and beating your personal best (pb) and entering competitions are all the delights you have ahead of you to push and motivate yourself to do better.
As you do so you will naturally encounter many amazing people and when you do you will notice how positive and fun they are to be around. The great thing about exercise is that it naturally releases the chemicals in your body called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as "euphoric." That feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
In my experience if you want to surround yourself with people who are positive, motivated and huge fun to be around then hang out with people who exercise regularly or people that are more importantly positive and encouraging to help you become healthier. The only time fit and healthy positive people are down is when they are ill or injured because these guys like me are happy when we are training and working hard at our goals, the longer we are away from working on our goals through being injured or ill we become a little miserable as we are missing out on what we have learned to be fun.
So that's it for Ady's tip number 4 - if want to lose some serious weight and get fit then make sure you surround yourself with the right people.
If you'd like to know more about what we can do to help you then please contact me now