It is raining outside. You really should just go out and exercise, but there’s something good on TV. Maybe later…
Now try this scenario: It’s raining outside. Your shoes are wet and you do not really feel like going for a walk, but your cell phone is blinking with a message from your buddy that says she’s already left the house and she’ll meet you at the trail. You know you have to go, or she will provide you a challenging time for ditching her. So, you catch your soggy sneakers and head off for a power walking session. Later, you feel great. You always feel good afterwards; it’s the getting started part that’s hard.
There’s no kind of fitness regimen that can not profit from having a fitness buddy. When it’s weightlifting, your friend can see you. If it’s jogging or cycling, they can push you to go faster than you would if you were lonely. When it’s climbing, she is able to catch you when you slide and start careening down the mountain (maybe climbing is not the safest gym activity).
Whatever your choice of fitness sockets, a workout buddy can’t just push you harder than you would yourself, but they could actually get you out the door. Never underestimate the power of societal obligations. Those of us who wouldn’t think twice about breaking a date together cringe at the idea of breaking a date with a buddy. Particularly if we have friends who are experts at giving the guilt-trip.
OK, so you’re sold on the notion of a fitness buddy. Your regular friends might not be into Critter Removal fitness, or they are the type of people who start something with great intentions and gradually knock off. It’s important to find someone who’s as devoted to fitness (or more dedicated) than you are. But where to search? Here are some ideas:
-Request a friend, or see if a friend of a friend is searching for somebody.
-If you belong to a gym or health club, then see whether there is a bulletin board out front where you can post orders.
-Join an exercise class or take some sports courses; you might get an interested individual or even two.
-Assess gym sites, particularly related to your interests; there might be a message board where you can search for activity partners.
Whatever route you choose, don’t be afraid to initiate event by opening up conversations with individuals or starting new threads on message boards. You could be surprised at how many people are also looking for regular workout buddies.
As soon as you find a fitness buddy, do not let them down. If you show motivation and maintain a regular program, you will both reap the benefits.