Does Leading a Healthy Lifestyle Make You An Outcast?

After you make the decision that you’re going to start striving to achieve some health and fitness goals, the next step will be making some healthy lifestyle changes to accomplish these goals.

You’ll be attending the gym on a more regular basis, leaving less time for other activities, and making changes to your diet plan, possibly eliminating some of the junk foods that you keep at the house so there is less temptation lurking around every corner.

As you go about making these changes, it’s not abnormal at all to start to garner comments from others.  Many people are afraid of change and to them, all these changes may make them start to feel uneasy.

They view them as less time being spent with them and you not being as ‘fun’ any more – going out for restaurant dinners or staying out late to party when you have an early morning workout scheduled.

All of these occurrences can start to eat away at you and give you less resolve to keep pushing through with the changes that you’re making.

So does starting up on a path to living a healthy lifestyle, make you an outcast?

I have to admit, as this has been a nagging topic with me since I started my own fitness journey, 3.5 years ago, so I’m thrilled to see my peers blog about it as well.

Check out Chad Pink of ZillaFitness.com and his perspective on this subject.

With that, here are a few things to consider.

Explaining Your ‘Why’s

The very first thing that you should be doing if you are getting a lot of comments from others regarding the changes that you’re making is explain to them exactly why you are doing it.

Sometimes they don’t really realize how much of a positive influence your decisions are having on your life and can’t quite see your reasoning why.  When you sit down and discuss it, they’ll see how important these changes are to you and may be less inclined to give you a hard time because of it.

Assessing Who You Hang Out With

The second thing that you may want to consider is who you’re hanging out with in the first place.  If you are hanging around people who have no interest in living healthy, you’re going to be cast as an outsider far more often than if you’re hanging out with those who are.

The more often you can include those who are leading a healthy lifestyle in your life, the easier it’s going to be to stay on track. You can support each other as you go about your program and encourage each other every step of the way.

Evaluating Your Approach

Finally, the last thing that you need to be doing is evaluating your approach.  Are you perhaps being a little too strict with yourself?  While you definitely do need to make certain changes in your life if you are going to start up on a fitness program and diet, there are times when some people take things just a little too far.

Keep in mind that you should still be able to go out and have fun and dine in restaurants occasionally – you’ll just need to make smarter choices along the way.

So next time you’re starting to feel like you’re an outcast because of the healthier choices that you’re making, consider these factors.  While you may find that some people don’t accept the new you, if you surround yourself with the right kind of people who do really care for you and want the best for you, they should still treat you just the same as they always have.

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