How to Stay Motivated With an Exercise Buddy

Having an exercise buddy can make it easier to stick to your exercise routine. A partner

may be just what you need to stay motivated, have fun, and reach your fitness

goals. Below are some points to consider for selecting the right exercise buddy so you can

work together effectively.

Selecting Your Exercise Buddy:

1. Find a partner among your family and friends. You may need to look no further

than your own family and friends to find a partner. The advantages are that you’re

already familiar with each other and enjoy each other’s company.

2. Search for a partner with compatible goals. You may prefer to look for a partner

with similar goals. If you want to lose a significant amount of weight, you might like

sharing the challenge with someone in a similar position. If you’re very competitive,

you may feel more compatible with someone who shares your intensity.

3. Stay safe searching for a partner online. There’s nothing wrong with finding your

ideal partner online, just protect your own safety. Meet strangers in a public place and

safeguard any confidential information.

4. Choose a partner who lives close by. It’s easier to stick to a regular routine if you

don’t have far to travel. Be realistic about how much time and expense you’re willing

to devote to commuting and pick a buddy within that range.

Working Out With Your Exercise Buddy:

1. Agree to a regular schedule. Sit down with your exercise buddy to arrange a

schedule that you both can live with. It’s more effective to start out gradually

and add on more sessions together if you feel up to it.

2. Take turns coordinating your activities. One nice thing about working out with

another person is that you can share the responsibility for planning your exercise

sessions. Take turns proposing new activities. Host each other in your own homes or

visit different parks and yoga studios in your neighborhood.

3. Encourage and reward each other. The two of you can support each other to stay

on track. Make sure you praise each other for your efforts! You could even surprise

your friend with small treats like going out for low-fat frozen yogurt smoothies.

4. Monitor your progress. It’s easier get into a rut if no one else knows about it. Keep

your goals in mind and track your progress according to your own targets. You might

want to weigh yourselves periodically to see how many pounds you’ve lost or keep

journals showing how quickly your running speed and distances improve.

5. Keep alert when exercising outdoors after dark. Many women may feel safer

having someone along when they run outside after dark. It’s a good measure of extra

protection but avoid becoming complacent. Stay vigilant about your surroundings at all

times so you can watch out for each other.

6. Engage in other activities together. You might want to get together with your

exercise buddy for other activities. It can help you understand each other better, that

way you’ll know how to support each other anytime your energy levels start to wane.

It can also help protect you from getting bored with the same old routines.

7. Make backup plans for when your buddy is unavailable. No matter how

committed you are, family obligations and injuries will sometimes intervene. You can

stick to your program if you have a contingency plan for those times when you’re on

your own. Try out an exercise video by yourself and you can share it the next time you

get together.

An exercise buddy is a powerful strategy for making your workouts fun and

productive. Keep each other motivated and you’ll both get to enjoy some awesome results.

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