“I know what to do, but I just can’t seem to get myself to actually do it. It’s discouraging, it’s frustrating, and it makes me feel like giving up. I guess I’m just not very disciplined…”.
In a recent blog post, bestselling author and renowned habit-expert James Clear uncovered research dating back decades, which might explain the real reason so many of us don’t stick with our fitness goals and guess what? It’s not a lack of discipline!
In his findings, Clear explains how many of the U.S. soldiers stationed in Vietnam during the war there became addicted to heroin and explains how this tragedy was almost inevitable:
“These soldiers spent all day surrounded by cues triggering heroin use: it was easy to access, they were engulfed by the constant stress of war, they built friendships with fellow soldiers who were also heroin users, and they were thousands of miles from home. Once a soldier returned to the United States, though, he found himself in an environment devoid of those triggers. When the context changed, so did the habit.”
Based on these findings, here are 3 positive changes you can make to your own environment, to help make it easier to get back to a fitter and healthier lifestyle
1. Create a kitchen that supports your nutrition goals.
Buy healthy foods that you like. Don’t buy unhealthy temptations (or at least hide them in the cellar!). Invest in cooking equipment, tupperware, or whatever else will help you eat in a way that supports your personal vision of a healthier and fitter ‘you’.
These investments can be practically useful, like upgrading your pots and pans, or simply ones that make cooking and eating a joy, like getting plates and dishes you truly love. Make it easy to win.
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2. Create (or seek) an environment that triggers fitness.
One of the most powerful influences on our behaviors are the people we spend time with.
We are social animals. We’re designed to take our cues from those around us, as to how to behave.
If you spend time around people that neither value nor invest energy and time into their fitness, you can’t help but be influenced. You’ll eat and drink more and you’ll no doubt exercise less.
But if you’re around people who have active hobbies, who exercise regularly, and who eat to nourish their bodies and brains, you’ll ALSO be influenced.
That’s one of the reasons that community-minded gyms like Fit4TheGame help people actually workout consistently. Because it creates accountability to other people who are committed to their fitness.
So if you find yourself feeling down about your lack of discipline, try one or more of the above strategies. I think you’ll find that it will improve your mood and your energy levels and help you to take that next step!
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