Saturday, February 5, 2011
According to Merriam Webster, the following is the first definition of environment:
1. the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded.
People often attempt to end runs of bad fortune/failure in hopes of putting together a better situation by "changing environments". There are many real life examples: A man or woman ends a long, stressful relationship in hopes of achieving more happiness in life. A sports team changes its general manager and coach to end a history of losing. A business changes its model to reflect how it wants business to be done, and ultimately, to be more successful.
What does this have to do with exercise and nutrition? If you have honestly learned the most effective ways to eat and exercise yet you aren't achieving the results you want, then maybe you need to change your environment. What good does a solid strength training program do if you can only get to the gym once per month? Perhaps you need to look at changing your schedule to make regular visits possible. What good does a great nutritional lifestyle do if you never stick to it? Perhaps you need to eliminate the potato chips from your house, go to lunch with different people or at a different place, shop at a different grocery store, or go for a walk after dinner instead watching TV and eating cake.
If you aren't getting to your goals but have the right tools (knowledge), perhaps you need to change the circumstances, objects, or conditions that surround you. Give it some thought...