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Reasons to Find a Workout Buddy

If you're like many people, you set out some New Year resolutions or goals, even if they were only in your mind. The new year seems to bring about feeling of renewal or a sense of a fresh start. It feels like the perfect time to achieve some of those goals, project, bucket list items you've been putting off.

At first, it feels pretty easy to jump right in, especially with fitness goals. You're coming off the holiday eating festivities. Even if you mostly behaved, bets are you were still out of your routine. Now that the parties are over, it's a great time to get serious right?

But what do you do when that energy, enthusiasm starts to fade? And it does. You have a crummy day at work, the weather stinks, you're flat out tired. You want to stomp your foot like a child and say, "no, no, no." It's ok to do that once, maybe twice, but how can you prevent that feeling from derailing your well-meant, whole-hearted best intentions to get healthy?

I say, find a workout buddy! Why?



1. Accountability - If you commit to meeting at dark thirty or after work when you're exhausted, guess what? They're counting on you and you're less likely to back out.

2. Motivation - Workout partners can be fantastic cheerleaders. They can also help push you more than you might push yourself.

3. Fun - Having someone to workout with can make most any workout more enjoyable. Workouts can go by so much quicker when you have a partner in crime.

4. Variety - Having a workout partner can sometimes mean trying new workouts you might never have tried on your own. They may also bring in new or different knowledge and workout ideas. Two heads are better than one right?

5. Safety - Running early in the morning, late at night ... having someone with you adds a sense of safety not just a companion. Lifting heavier weights? That workout buddy is your BFF as a spotter for safety. Help keep each other in check with form, spotting when lifting or keeping an eye out for stray dogs or stray people while running.

6. Celebration - Having a workout buddy also means having someone to celebrate your achievements with. They've been there, done that, and know what you've gone through to hit your goals. They've been by your side and they'll be the first in line to help you celebrate when you hit your goals.

Do you have a workout buddy?

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