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Holiday Fitness Survival Guide: Enlist a Friend as a Fitness Buddy

I have always found that when November rolls around, I lose a little of my fitness steam. The combination of the daylight saving time change, the holidays, and the first sneezes of cold and flu season just seem to zap my energy and eat up my free time. In this season of giving thanks and just plain giving, it is difficult to put myself and my workout first. That is why Fall is the best season to enlist a friend as a fitness buddy. Nothing beats working out with a friend for motivation and morale. Plus, you get to gab while burning calories. Here are some of the benefits of enlisting a fitness friend.


  • You might flake on yourself and skip the gym time, but would you flake on your friend? I hope not.
  • If you want to run outside and your friend only uses an elliptical, instead of thinking your relationship as fitness buddies won't work, think of it as a cross-training opportunity. The two of you can also find a compromise and try step or strip aerobics together.
  • You get to share the burden of planning your workout. This is a good way to mix it up and learn new moves without wasting time at the gym.
  • Working out with a buddy can decrease the boredom of repetitive exercise significantly, so you are more likely to work out longer and possibly harder. Sometimes a little friendly competition keeps the fitness fires burning.

Before you jump into a new relationship, check out the article Pair Up to Pare Down over at Shape. It offers a few suggestions to make sure your partnership with your workout buddy actually works out.

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