I am sure you have heard this before.

”You are the average of the five people you hang out with the most”

It means that you are heavily influenced by the people you surround your self with.

Do you believe it?

Do this little exercise. Write down the names of the 5 people that you spend most of your time with. Next to each name write down that person’s top values and priorities in life.

How well do they match up with yours?

If you are trying to make positive changes with your health and fitness. This matters more than you think.

Let me tell you a story.

7 years ago I was a different person, and the 5 people that I was surrounding myself with although they are still friends of mine, they are not the same ones I surround myself with most of the time.

Hass 7 years ago worked the Sydney night club scene in Kings Cross.

The friends I surrounded myself like to work hard and play hard. They did long work hours, stayed out late partying and drinking. They were constantly rotating through relationships. There was no stability in any area.. especially not health and fitness.

Now it’s a different story.

My list looks different now and my life looks different now. Very different.

Top 5- My wife Zeina, my best mate, my coach and my staff currently make up my top 5.

They all train at a gym.
None of them can remember the last time they didn’t train 4 times per week.
They don’t drink alcohol.
They monitor their nutrition in some way shape or form.

My top 4 closest people are also people who value their education, mindset growth and personal development. They are also career or business focused. 

Don’t believe us?

Check out this study on the topic. Not only do your top 5 affect you.. but it also extends much further past your top 5. (scary)

“According to their results, if a friend of yours becomes obese, you yourself are 45 percent more likely than chance to gain weight over the next two to four years. More surprisingly, however, Christakis and Fowler found that if a friend of your friend becomes obese, your likelihood of gaining weight increases by about 20 percent — even if you don’t know that friend of a friend.”
-Article posted at the bottom of this blog.

Don’t deny how much your environment affects you!

So now that you know all those facts, what can you do about it? Lets look at the two places you spend most of your time.

(1) Your workplace and (2) Home

Although there seem to be some good health and wellness initiatives starting to happen in workplaces, the average office is still a long way off being a healthy environment.

How many meetings, morning teas, client lunches and charity events do you go to where there are sweet treats and can-apes available. These high calorie, nutrient poor foods that go down as a habit. You don’t even realised you have eaten them, they hardly satisfy you and they heavily contribute to over eating calories for the day.

Strategy:
ALWAYS come to work prepared. Have a healthy snack before you go to any meeting or morning tea that provides unhealthy snacks.
It will keep you full and focussed.

Here is a convenient favourite of mine.
Chobani greek yoghurt tube- high protein, low fat and did I mention.. delicious!

Home
Get your partner on board with your goals.

I’ve helped hundreds of people get in shape and one of the big things to tackle in the home environment is snacking.

People snack unnecessarily out of habit , boredom and poor planning. Busy lifestyles and hectic works schedules mean coming home really late, feeling like its too late to cook up a proper healthy meal. What happens is that instead of eating properly, people just fill up on a bunch of random snacks before bed instead. These snacks are normally nutritionally poor and calorie dense.

Make a deal with your partner that who ever is home first keeps some dinner left overs ready for the person who will be arriving home later. Make sure it has a good balance of protein, carb and healthy fats.

Study referenced above