As it starts to get warmer, I am thinking about my fitness levels and what I can do to improve them.
I can’t stick to anything which involves me flying solo though. Humans are, by their nature, sociable creatures. (Some of us!) And so making fitness a private pursuit seems a little weird.
Countless books have been written about motivation, mindset, and how to make the most of your mindset. But time and time again, studies show that people don’t stick with their training plans. They’re good for a couple of months, but after that, it’s all downhill.
The idea of creating a team to get fit sounds like an extreme intervention. But if you have tried everything and nothing has worked, then you might as well give it a go.
The rationale for using a team is simple. When you get other people involved in your fitness plan, you’re much more likely to succeed. If it is a cold Wednesday evening and you’ve just finished a long day at work, you might decide to pass on the gym. If, however, you know that all the girls are waiting for you, the psychology is entirely different. You don’t mind letting yourself down. But letting down your team – that’s a different story.
Making a team is a heck of a lot easier than you think. Today, you can design your own football team kit online. Each person gets a name tag to help make them feel even more special out on the pitch. And you can get a real team spirit going.
What’s more, being able to spend time with a group of people you like can also be motivation in itself.
The only problem with this revolutionary idea, of course, is getting your team to show up for practice. You might be keen. But organizing lots of people is a challenge.
There are ways around this, though. Instead of starting from scratch, you could try to join an existing team or club. Over the months, you could make yourself a more integral part of the group, eventually gaining a pivotal role. Once you get to that point, the pressure is very much on to show up to practice.
Starting a sports team, therefore, could be a great fitness idea. It’s not like the gym because it’s not a solo activity. Instead, each member of your team is relying on you to show up. That social pressure is a big deal. It is something that might compel you to exercise more often, instead of putting your feet up in front of the TV.
Organisationally, it is a little more challenging. You have to stay in contact with everyone. But if you can insert yourself into an important role, it can make a world of difference.