Fitness Buddy

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It’s raining outside. Your shoes are still wet from your last walking session. You really should just go out and exercise, but there is something good on TV. Maybe later…

Sound familiar?

Now try this scenario: It’s raining outside. Your shoes are wet and you do not feel like going for a stroll, but your cell phone is blinking with a message from your buddy that says she has already left the house and she will meet you in the trail. You know you need to go, or she will provide you a challenging time for ditching her. Later, you feel great. You always feel good afterwards; it is the getting started part that’s hard.

That is why it’s so valuable to have somebody else to exercise with on a regular basis. There’s no type of fitness regimen that can’t profit from having a fitness buddy. When it’s weightlifting, your friend can spot you. When it’s running or cycling, they could push you to go quicker than you would in the event that you were alone. If it’s climbing, she is able to catch you when you slide and start careening down the mountain (maybe climbing isn’t the safest fitness activity).

Whatever your choice of fitness outlets, a workout buddy can not only push you harder than you would yourself, but they can really get you out the door. Never underestimate the ability of social obligations. Those of us who wouldn’t think twice about breaking a date with ourselves cringe at the idea of breaking up a date with a buddy. Especially if we have friends who are experts at providing the guilt-trip.

But desiring one can be easier than finding one. Your regular friends might not be into Possum Removal fitness, or they’re the kind of folks who start something with good intentions and gradually slack off. It’s important to find someone who is as devoted to fitness (or more dedicated) than you are. But where to look? Here are some thoughts:

 

-If you belong to a fitness center or health club, then see if there’s a bulletin board out front where you can post requests.
-Join an exercise class or take some sports lessons; you might get an interested person or two.
-Check fitness web sites, particularly related to your interests; there might be a message board where you can look for activity partners.
Whatever course you choose, don’t be scared to initiate event by starting up conversations with people or starting new threads on message boards. You might be surprised at how many men and women are also searching for regular workout friends.

Once you find a fitness buddy, do not let him or her down. If you both show motivation and maintain a regular program, you will both reap the rewards.