I was watching Sunday Morning on CBS today and they suggesting that the ups and downs of the stock market can be compared to a herd mentality. A herd mentality is a way to describe how people’s behaviors can influenced by their peers.
So what does this have to do with fitness? Well, how is your fitness influenced by what others are doing? Has a friend ever called/emailed/text-ed you and asked what you were doing and when you said you were going to workout they mentioned that a group of people (the herd) where doing something else and asked you to come along? What do you say? Do you stick to your plan or do you go along with the herd?
We may have evolved, but we still like to feel part of a group and fear of not belonging sometimes over takes our need to be our own person. Trust me I know how you feel!
I am a fitness competitor and typically compete in 5 shows/year. The season starts in April runs through June and then I start back up again in the Fall. So trust me there are plenty of times when I get the phone call, have to go to a party, wedding or other social event and I want to follow the herd and play hooky, but this is when you reach inside and is this playing hooky today going to help me reach the goals I have set? Then ask yourself, how committed are you to reaching your goals?
Let me know do you follow the herd or do you stick to your goals?