The Strange Link Between Your Friendships & Your Health

Posted April 2, 2018 by in Health + Fitness

If you want to be a healthy individual, there are plenty of things that you can do to increase the likelihood of that happening. Something which can make a huge difference, however, is often overlooked – and yet it might turn out to be just about the most important thing of all. Put simply, it is having good people around you whom you feel you can trust, which can really help you to feel so much better – and to notice real, dramatic changes within your approach to your own health. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which having people around you can help you to be healthier.

The ‘Buddy Up’ Principle

How often have you found it difficult to keep up with your exercise program? No matter how determined you might be to see it through, a whole host of things can get in your way, and before you know it, you aren’t seeing results since you’re simply not commiting.  One sure way to get inspired to carry on with your exercise regime is to use the ‘buddy up’ principle. If you can find a buddy to exercise with you, you will be less likely to bail, more likely to push yourself harder, and will just generally lead a healthier life. It’s worth trying if you are finding it especially hard to keep up with your own expectations.

I personally try to go to a fun fitness class with a co-worker once a week. It holds us both accontable and it’s a fun thing to look foward to on Monday’s.

The Strange Link Between Your Friendships & Your Health

The Value Of The Support Network

Time and again, it becomes clear that the people most liable to suffering poor health are those who do not have much in the way of a support network around them. This actually affects pretty much every aspect of your health, and it’s especially important when you are trying to make some of the bigger changes towards leading a healthier life. If you are trying to quit an addiction, the use of rehab centers or another kind of close support group can mean the difference between success and failure. Similarly, when you are attempting to change your diet, having a good support network is likely to ensure that you get it right the first time around.

If you’re trying to change your diet, don’t expect everyone in your household to join you, but sit them down and explain your motives. If they understand, they can find ways to support you without participating in your change. Don’t have any friend’s/roomates that want to partake? There are many communites online that can help; Reddit, My Fitness Pal, and Strava are all great options!

The Good Side Of Social Pressure

Although nobody likes to be on the receiving end of peer pressure, the truth is that you can actually use it for your own good; especially when it comes to fitness. Too tired to roll out of bed on Saturday for a run? Maybe your bestie will stop by in her running gear to get you up and motivated. Rather than shunning social pressure, try to use it for your own good. This could be enough to help you make all the changes you need to make towards your health – and it might even lead to stronger friendships too. 

How do you hold yourself accountable when it comes to your health? Let us know in the comments below!