Ever feel like blowing off a workout and chilling out instead? That was I, last night. BUT, since my husband was already geared up and heading to the park, the shame of not following suit got my butt out the door and around the Central Park reservoir.
Studies show that enlisting an exercise buddy makes fitness more fun, regular, and more successful due to the added level of support, accountability and friendly competition versus working out on your own. Sign me up!
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen “asked half of the participants to find a new 'gym buddy' and the other half continued with their normal routine. The results showed that the group who found a new exercise partner exercised more than those who followed their regular exercise routine. In addition, the results showed that the emotional social support from the new sports companion was the most effective. Thus, it is more important to encourage each other than doing the actual activity together. "
I concur! Although Bob and I often head to the park together, we sometimes do our own routines. The mutual encouragement to get out and get moving is enough to motivate us, whether we do the whole workout together or not.
Between the heat, long to-do list, slightly rumbling stomach and the call of the next episode of whatever you’re binge watching, it’s simple to get distracted from a workout routine.
But how does that serve your long term health and fitness goals?
Such is also true beyond just fitness.
MOJO Maker™ #12: Surround yourself with a supportive circle.
During my MOJO Makers™ program, we discuss the necessity to make an effort to be around champions of YOU! - people who want you to succeed and will be positive, encouraging, and confidence builders, not deflators. As like with a workout buddy, studies show strong personal relationships are a key ingredient to happiness and success.
Surrounding yourself with a network of supportive peers, co-workers, family and friends will:
- increase sense of self-worth
- boost confidence
- improve performance
- reduce stress
- build a sense of belonging
You may have some old friends or colleagues who champion all of the above, but there may be a couple that no longer do. Is it time to reevaluate your circle? There’s no shame in letting go of relationships that no longer serve you. Give yourself permission to be selective!
Take an objective look at your circle, evaluate who’s in it, and choose to spend your time with positive forces. Conversely, start to say goodbye to those who bring you down.
Equally, consider whether you act supportively to others. Do you listen, encourage, communicate, provide feedback and remain present? Perhaps it’s time to fine-tune some of your own relationship skills?
Regardless, be transparent with your buddies, and yourself.
And when it comes to fitness, whether you pick a group to join like a walking/running club (there are many free ones offered by stores) or outdoor fitness classes, go with a partner or friend, give it a try and see how it impacts your motivation and commitment to a fitness routine.
OK, so who wants to meet me in the park?
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™