When your motivation to exercise is low for any reason, it’s a good idea to enlist a buddy, or an entire group. Recent research suggests the company you keep can help you stick with healthier habits, including working out.
I wake up very early to attend kickboxing or weight training classes at my favorite studio, and I often wonder why I do it, especially when it’s cold and dark outside. While I would love another hour of sleep, the people I work out with motivate me to exercise first thing in the morning. 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 partners in crime, silently cheering each other on.
Life often gets in the way of my work outs, and I don’t always exercise as often as I should. Exercising with others helps me to stick to a schedule as much as possible. My buddies make it easier to get back into the swing of things when I’ve been away on business, or sick, too, and they never fail to make working out more fun!