Get Fit with A Little Help from Your Friends

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A workout partner can help you stick to healthy habits

Do you sometimes struggle to stick to your fitness routine? That can happen to anyone. Here’s an idea that may help keep you motivated and make exercising more fun: Find a friend to join you on your fitness journey.

Factor a friend into your workout

Some people find that exercising* with other people makes it more enjoyable. And when you enjoy something, you may keep doing it.

Your fitness friend may also inspire you, support you and keep you motivated to meet your exercise goals. For instance, you may be more likely to show up for your morning walk when your buddy is counting on you. Other people may have different interests from yours. As a result, an exercise friend may invite you to try new activities that you might enjoy.

A workout partner can be a family member, neighbor or friend. It could even be someone you meet in a fitness class or at the gym. If your area has a walking group, you may have an opportunity to work out with a whole bunch of new friends. Sometimes walking groups meet at shopping malls. Maybe your group can catch a movie or grab some coffee after your spin around the mall.

Here are some activities you might want to try with a fitness pal:

  • Taking walks
  • Riding bikes
  • Lifting weights
  • Going on nature hikes
  • Playing sports, like tennis or pickleball
  • Taking a yoga, dance or fitness class together

Choose a workout style that works for you

If you prefer to work out alone, that’s okay too. When it comes to physical activity, what matters is that you make it a regular part of your life by doing what works for you. But you may want to exercise with a partner at least sometimes, even if you decide to work out on your own most of the time.

Keep in mind that a workout partner doesn’t even have to be a person. If you have a dog, your furry friend may make a great walking companion.

How to make new friends. Whether you’re new in town or shy, meeting people can be challenging. Read this blog to discover ideas for making friends.

*Talk with your doctor before increasing your activity level. Ask about the amounts and types of activities that may be best for you.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;; National Institute on Aging