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How to Choose a Fitness Buddy

Don't Be Married to One Exercise Buddy

I'm grateful for my neighbor down the street who also loves getting in a good run before her morning cup of joe. Having someone to exercise with can give you that extra push you need to lace up your sneaks. When choosing an exercise buddy, it's great to find someone who is at the same fitness level as you, but it's not imperative. You really just need someone with the same level of commitment. You want this to be an equal partnership where you're both on the same page about how often you want to work out. A good exercise bud won't bail on your post-work spinning class and try to persuade you to have margaritas instead.

You definitely don't need to be loyal to solely one fitness partner. It's smart to have more than one buddy for all your fitness needs, as long as they're as driven as you are to stick with regular workouts. If you find a fitness partner who's way more athletic than you, who's idea of an easy run is eight miles rather than three, then meet with them once or twice a week when you need your competitive buttons pushed. If you feel that your partner is not as fit as you, then make a fitness date on days when you need a leisurely workout in between intense ones. The more ways (and people) you have in your life to motivate you to move the better!

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Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 7 years
I've been exercising with one person for the last year. The first 6 months we were very much on the same page, but lately we are not. She isn't as motivated as she was in the beginning and I find myself wandering over into drill sergeant mode sometimes which isn't what I want to do.
pamela87 pamela87 7 years
I like to exercise by myself. Anytime I've worked out with other people I feel self-conscious and feel like I have to take the intensity down a few notches. Not fun and I always ended up feeling frustrated--like I didn't even get a workout in.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I joined the gym with a friend but she wasn't into it. I really like to exercise by myself. I sometimes need motivation to be pushed out of the door but I like to work out at my own pace without anyone holding me back.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I have an exercise partner on the weekends and it is a great to change up my usual routine and catch up with each other.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't have an exercise buddy, either. I find that I'm a lot more "hardcore" than most people, so they tend to not want to work out with me. Plus, I like working out by myself--it gives me time to think and collect my thoughts.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
i'm more of a 'need to exercise for my sanity' kind of person, so i tend to workout by myself. if i did have an exercise buddy, i'd imagine i would be extremely distracted and want to socialize instead!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
When it comes to exercise, I'm a solo operator. Exercising is my "me time," and enjoy doing it alone. While I enjoy the company of an exercise buddy (which I've had on seldom occasion in the past), I found it distracting from my exercise.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I am so happy to have an Exercise Buddy that has the same commitment and same fitness level as me. We ran / swim together. It really help both of us to achieve the goal and keep each other company for exercise. The only difference between her schedule and my schedule is:- I go for Body Pump while she goes for Yoga. :)
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