When your motivation to exercise is low for any reason, it’s a good idea to get an exercise buddy, or 30. Recent research suggests the company you keep can help you stick with healthier habits, like working out.
I usually get up very early in the morning to exercise, and I often wonder why I do it, especially when it’s cold and dark outside. While I would love another hour in bed, the people I work out with motivate me to get to the gym to my favorite studio to take a class. Some of my exercise mates are good friends, but most of them are acquaintances. Whether or not I know them well, they make my life better.
On days when my work outs are more solitary in the gym and there’s no hooting and hollering to energize me, I still feel supported because I am surrounded by people doing the same thing. I don’t always know the details of their lives, and they may not know much about me, but I feel like we are silently cheering each other on.
Life often gets in the way, and I don’t always work out as often as I should. Exercising with others helps me to stick to a schedule as much as possible. My exercise buddies make it easier to get back into the swing of things when I’ve been away or sick, too. And they never fail to make working out more fun!