Your Exercise Buddy, Your Cheering Section

There’s no need to go at it alone. After all, there are plenty of people immediately surrounding you that would support you in your mission to be healthy and active. Getting regular exercise, along with a balanced diet, will surely get you there. Having a buddy along the way will help keep you motivated and accountable.

Meet a friend in class

Becoming familiar with someone in your fitness class or gym will make attending more enjoyable, especially if this whole experience is new to you. Knowing that you can share the healthy regimen with someone who has similar interests and fitness challenges can provide instant security.

Turn your family into buddies

While finding family time is a challenge sometimes, why not spend what little time you have, to doing something you can all benefit from? Set a goal to make a portion of the weekend, early morning or evening, time for family activity. Hit the ball, go for a run, or take a brisk hike. Consider taking up a new sport you can all enjoy. Showing kids by example that fitness and exercise is fun and healthy at an early age will give them a good foundation for healthy living.

Join an exercise group

Look for groups that share your common interest. In larger cities, there are swimming, running, cycling, even in-line skating clubs that offer a great way to meet people and stay active. Exercise equipment stores often post local and regional events to give you opportunities to partake in exercise with more potential new buddies.

Check into the spa

Many, if not most, spas have a fitness gym. Larger spas even offer classes, like yoga and Pilates. Sometimes going to a smaller venue that’s not so hard-focused on exercise, but more into “wellness” may be the way to go. The gyms and the class sizes are usually smaller, and this intimate setting is perfect for meeting a buddy.

Finding a buddy can make exercise more enjoyable. Don’t limit yourself to one person, though. Make attempts to meet other people along the way. We can all benefit from our personal cheering section.

Marisa Finetti

Social media-driven, passionate about living healthy, and writing about both. Marisa Finetti has been published in a number of magazines on topics of spa and wellness, and has her own blogs on social media and health: Best Be Well,Spa Pixie and Social Media Siren.

4 thoughts on “Your Exercise Buddy, Your Cheering Section

  • November 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Someone to support you through the trials of getting into a pattern with your exercise is so important. I like the idea of having different exercise buddies for different activities. It makes sense if you have a diverse group of active interests.

    If you like both fencing and tramping – both excellent ways of exercise – but you’re unlikely to find anyone who also wants to do both. So have a fencing budding and a tramping buddy!

    • November 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm

      Absolutely, we all have different interests and having an exercise buddy for each only makes the experience better because it’s “shared.” Thanks for your comment!

  • November 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Apparently working with a buddy improves your strength by 13%.

    • November 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      Very good information to share with readers, indeed! Thanks, Stacey.


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