By Cindy Atoji, a writer, editor and a veteran newspaper journalist, who specializes in healthcare and business coverage.
You have work friends, pals in your neighborhood, chums at church or temple, and old childhood playmates. It’s fun to do things together, whether it’s pitching a project, playing an online game or cramming for an exam. So why not find a workout buddy as well? Studies show that sharing an exercise routine with a like-minded partner can help keep you motivated and help you work toward a fitness goal. If you feel lazy one day, your workout buddy can get you pumped up about doing that extra half-hour on the treadmill. But it’s not easy to find a fitness partner who likes the same kind of activities as you and who has a schedule that fits your busy life. Ithelps if they are emotionally supportive, too, like your very own cheerleader.
No Regime? Go Outside
Some people think working out equals drudgery. Did you ever hear someone say, “I have to go exercise?” But with a workout buddy, you can do things that are difficult to do on your own, whether it’s a game of catch, one-on-one hockey scrimmage, or just a race around the block. With so many distractions inside – emails, video games, TV, computer – it might be hard to get outside, but once you do, you’ll find that the sunshine will lift your spirits, as well as your urge to get moving. Sometimes the most difficult part is just getting out the front door.
Last reviewed May 2018 by Tara Cousineau, PhD.