It is most certainly of no great shock that our day to day lives are full of stress and constant to-do list’s that it is becoming increasingly difficult to care for ourselves. We often find ourselves guilty of filling our bodies with poor food choices, little water and a complete lack of exercise. Is it truly any wonder why so many people are obese and unhappy? When we take the time to care for ourselves, others around us notice a positive difference as well. But, when you are stuck in the rut of an overall lack of work-out and healthy-living motivation, where do you turn? Interestingly, the answer may be much closer than you think: a buddy!
Here are the top tips to help you choose which buddy may be the perfect fit to get you both back on the fast track to a positive mind and healthier body.
- Personality: Your best friend may be just that, but are they really the best choice to set a regular workout routine with? Or will the two of you end up being to so comfortable with each other that breakfast sounds better than the gym? When it comes to choosing your workout buddy, be sure to choose someone who you really want to spend time with, but someone who is also going to motivate you.
- Compatibility: Find someone who shares your same workout and healthy interests and also (and this can be tricky) whose schedule is similar to yours. Be sure to also opt for the location of your workouts to be somewhere that is convenient for you both.
- Skill: Be sure to try and find a fitness buddy who is of fairly close similar skill levels as you. If you are a comfortable walker and they are an avid marathon runner, you both may find each other’s skill levels a bit difficult to mesh. Don’t hold each other back. Hitting the gym together may be a great option as the variety to fit all skills levels is readily available in one location!
- Prioritize: It is vitally important to have a similar amount of time commitment dedicated to the plan. Encourage each other by making sure you are both dedicating the time to your regular workouts.
- Back-Up: Life happens! Occasionally, one of you will get sick or have a schedule conflict. If either of you can not make the workout, be sure to have a backup plan. Some good options are to walk the same route alone (or even talking to a friend on the phone), exercising at home to a DVD or workout channel, or hit the gym. Having a backup plan will help encourage your to get moving.
And remember, it’s okay to make adjustments when needed. Changes in jobs, family, and health, can all prove to make a regular routine harder to keep, but simple adjustments can ensure that you stay on the road to success!