If you’re anything like me, you often have difficulty finding that motivation to work out and keep at it. I am so envious of people who stick to their daily workout routine, whether they are runners, crossfitters, gym-goers, or just maintain a regular routine at home. I really have no excuse. I can just be so lazy, and have zero willpower when it comes to bad food. Does anyone feel me here? Truth is, I fall in and out of routines a lot. I will find a workout regime that I enjoy, and I’ll stick with it for a few months and then eventually stop going.
Why is it so hard to stick with it!?
Social media can be good and bad for motivation. When you follow fitness pages on Instagram, Facebook or other social media platforms, it can be a great way to gain inspiration and learn about different workouts you can incorporate into your routine, however it can also be discouraging to look at these perfectly sculpted bodies every day. I don’t realistically expect to achieve that perfect body, but the best I can do is set attainable goals that fit my lifestyle. Let’s face it - I love beer a little too much!
Now that the summer is officially over and life is slowing down a little bit for the fall season, I really have to get back into a regular routine. Luckily I have some motivation and push from my neighbor who also happens to be a good friend! We’ve recently started to attend gym classes together - Spin and Hot Yoga are definitely some of our favourites. What I love about yoga is that it’s so good for the mind, body and the soul. Spin, on the other hand, is so intense but I feel amazing after every class I attend. I know I need to push myself to go more.
I’ve heard from several sources that having a gym buddy really does work, and I agree! It makes the work out more enjoyable and when you commit to this person you cannot back out. Who wants to disappoint their friends, right?
We all have to remember why we are doing this in the first place – for me it’s to keep healthy, to keep extra weight off (so I can occasionally indulge in some of my favourite foods and not feel guilty), and most importantly, to have fun. Whenever I am not active I tend to feel guilty and bad about myself. Even if I’m carrying a little extra weight, as long as I am active I generally feel so much better! I strongly believe in mind over matter. It’s so easy to get stuck in a downward spiral of not feeling great, and the result of not feeling great is losing motivation to do something about it. I’ve been there so many times, and I’m done with the self-pity!
It’s so easy to listen to those excuses in your head, and that’s why it’s important to have that gym buddy to convince you otherwise and give you that extra nudge.
So here is a list of benefits of having a workout buddy:
1. They help you stay on track and stay in a routine – especially on the days you are unmotivated. That extra nudge really does help… those daily texts planning out our next workout is very motivating for me!
2. They make workouts more enjoyable & fun – having a workout partner that you enjoy spending time with, and that you’re comfortable with, makes the time go by much quicker. Even if you are doing a silly looking exercise, at least you’re not doing it alone!
3. It helps build confidence - If I work out alone, I tend to go to the women’s only gym because I feel super intimated going to a co-ed gym alone. It’s weird I know, but having a partner it makes it much less intimating.
4. Commitment – when you commit you can’t back out like when you go to the gym alone. I never like to disappoint my friends! When you commit, you go then what happens after the workout? You feel amazing!
5. You push each other to reach your goals - Motivating, pushing, and helping each other to stay on track while learning from each other along the way!
6. Time to bond - It’s a great hour of your day to bond with a friend, catch up on your day or just squeezing that workout into a hangout!
I’m no fitness expert, but I think having someone to push and motivate you to reach your fitness goals definitely makes the process that much more enjoyable. It’s not for everyone, but it sure helps me! The hardest part is getting yourself there – once you’ve actually started, the rest is easy! (Well sort of). They don’t call it “work” out for nothing, but the feeling of accomplishment after every routing is a nice reminder of why you are doing it in the first place.
Thanks for stopping by, I’m off to meet my workout buddy!