To illustrate this idea I’m going to start with a slightly off topic, but ever-relevant story. In 1978 Sujit Kumar, an eight year old child was found in the middle of a road, clucking and flapping his arms like a chicken. When taken in by authorities he pecked at his food, crouched on a chair as if roosting and made rapid clicking noises with his tongue.
You’re probably thinking that this boy had a severe mental illness, but that’s not the case. Sadly for this boy, his parents died at a young age and a strange turn of events led him to spending his first eight years of life growing up in a barn with chickens.
The boy had spent so much time with the chickens that he completely shaped his behaviour around what the chickens did and essentially for all intents and purposes became one.
Although an incredibly strange and rare case, this isn’t an isolated occurrence. There have been a few cases throughout history for whatever reason that a human being has been raised in the wild. What happens? They truly believe they are animals. Think of those stories you heard of kids being raised by wolves.
Why is this relevant?
So why on earth am I talking about feral children? Well the fact is that the same rules apply to fitness. It’s human nature to shape our behaviour on what others around us are doing. It’s hardwired into our brains.
If everyone you hang around with is lazy, unfit, and eats poorly then it’s more than likely that you will adopt the same behaviour.
Even when you try to make a positive change, unfortunately the influence of these people will be a constant source of negativity and eventually bring you down and fool you into believing that it’s okay to skip the gym, eat poorly and be unhealthy.
The fact is that we become what we immerse ourselves in. The multi millionaire entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn put it nicely – “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.
Get your average up
The fact is that the people we spend time with hugely affects our motivation to get fit and healthy. In fact it can be a deal breaker.
Fortunately at Training For Warriors Worcester the average is of a high calibre. We pride ourselves on creating a positive atmosphere and support system towards getting and staying fit for life. This is why our members make such great progress.
They get their average up. They are surrounded by likeminded, motivated individuals who want to make a positive change. You can’t fail to make progress when you are a member of a community who are committed to losing fat, building muscle and feeling good.
Invest in yourself
TFW is much more than an exercise regime. Yes the sessions will help you to burn fat, get strong and improve body composition but there’s much more going on. By immersing yourself in our friendly, positive community you shift your mind-set and skyrocket your motivation levels.
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