Community and support. I had no idea what those two words really meant outside of community = neighborhood and support = a helping hand if needed.
Since I started my fitness journey, I’ve come to see both of those words in a completely different light.
Community now means a group of people who support each other in a common goal.
That means the good, bad and the ugly too.
There are some folks out there than can simply go it alone. I’ve found that I am much better as part of a community.
Higher goals, higher level of accountability, higher levels of support, both give and take.
If you are just starting out, find a group to get involved with. Whether its classes at your gym or online forums or joining a CrossFit box.
Don’t expect everyone to coddle you, don’t expect everyone to check on you when you are down. If you need support reach out instead of having a pity party.
People cannot read your mind and know if you are having a lack of motivation, feelings of discontent or even a life crisis. Your support group will rely on you to let them in on what’s happening. And trust me, everyone eventually has a lack of motivation.
These two ladies are two of my dearest friends, they are from other states. We’ve been a part of the same fitness support group for years. We all met up in DC for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011. Here they are coming across the finish line.
Community and support! Get some!