Let’s be honest. Even the most active folks don’t always “feel like” working out. This is where the Buddy System works its magic. If you really think about it, you never “feel like” working out, but the reality is that once you do work out, you almost always feel awesome afterwards! Did you know that if you make plans with a friend or work out buddy, then you are 93.6% more likely to keep your workout date*? It is so incredibly easy to flake on yourself, but (hopefully) not so easy to flake on a friend. (If you are comfortable flaking on your friends, well that’s a whole different blog post!) Working out with friends has so many advantages, it creates accountability, gives you motivation, provides encouragement, makes the workout more fun, etc. It’s also a great time management technique, because you have some friend time PLUS a workout in one meeting.
If your current friends don’t work out, then make some new friends! One of the biggest influences on your behavior is what your peers do. Sadly, even as adults, we are still subconsciously very influenced by peer pressure. You might have friends you work out with, friends you go to movies with, friends you go to bars with, etc. Over time, you will gravitate towards the friends who make you feel good, and they are most likely to be your workout buddies. Beware: if you do adopt a new healthy and active lifestyle, some friends will feel threatened or insecure. They will say “C’mon have dessert, one piece of cake isn’t going to kill you!” Watch out for these friends and don’t let their insecurity keep you from making the healthy choices you want to make.
Make a couple of standing weekly workout dates with friends. Maybe tennis every Tuesday after work with one friend, and a long walk every Sunday morning with another friend. Then you have two workouts covered per week. Add a couple more on your own and you are on your way to a life of better health and fitness!
* Note: 76.7% of statistics are made up on the spot.