I just met my friend, Michelle, for coffee. We get together every few months to chat, laugh, and discuss our mutual love of animals. It's a great stress-buster and we always leave feeling light-hearted.
During this visit Michelle lamented about her lack of energy and motivation to exercise. She's a runner and recently finished the Cleveland Half Marathon. She plans to do it again in 2015. As we talked it became clear that Michelle needed an exercise buddy. Who better to get together with than her friend and certified personal trainer?
I'm not a runner, but I can help Michelle with her strength and flexibility workouts. She in turn is going to drag my butt out for a few jogs in the neighborhood. It's a perfect way to get us both motivated. Our first session is scheduled for Friday.
Why am I telling you this? Because women are social creatures. We sometimes need the companionship of a friend to get us through a difficult workout. When you exercise alone you may be more likely to skip a session. But when you know a friend is waiting, most women will drag themselves out of bed and lace up their shoes. We will let ourselves down but never our friends!
If you find that you have no motivation to exercise, think about making it a social experience. You can sign up for an aerobics class, join a walking group, join a team, or harass your friend/sister/mom/daughter into lifting weights with you. You'll get the benefits of exercise but also the mental health benefits of being with a friend.
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