erik ledin friendsThink of your five closest friends. What jobs do these people have? Are they happy with their lives? Are they in committed relationships? What are their favorite things to do? Are they healthy? Do they exercise?

Our closest friends have a huge impact on our lives. We are social beings and it is easy to fall into behaviors in groups, like going out to eat with friends frequently or grabbing a drink after work a couple nights a week. Your friends will also influence what kind and how much work you put into your body and physique.

For example, if your friends go to the gym that is something you can do together to socialize. Additionally, you can talk about easy or hard parts of a workout and encourage each other to be consistent or even challenge each other to perform better.

It is important to keep an eye on your friend’s habits, because they are yours too. Do your friends engage in behaviors that help them remain fit, lean and strong or do they abuse their bodies with a lot of sugar and sedentary behavior? Do you see your friends encouraging and raising the bar for you physically or lowering the bar?

These are all important questions to consider as you take a look at your friends and how they influence your life. Some would say that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Think about who those five people are and what that says about your lifestyle choices, health, and happiness. If you’re not happy with what you see, reconsider your relationships and always surround yourself with healthy, happy, active people.