In our hectic lifestyles, how often do we make an excuse for not exercising? Yet isn’t it funny how we find time to go to our local boozer with our mates for that all important pint or glass of wine? What if you could combine socialising and exercising all in one go? Well if there ever was an incentive then here is one. According to research we can shed more than 10 pounds when we surround ourselves with people who are willing to eat healthily and train with us. This is because the majority of us find it difficult to summon up the energy to exercise alone but when we have company, we like to push ourselves harder and are far more likely to stick to exercise.
This has never been more true for me than when I took up jogging. I remember being on the treadmill at my gym and was captivated by the girl next to me who seemed to be running for England. I sneakily kept looking at the dial on her treadmill wondering when she was going to stop. She had run almost an hour and yet here I was having fainting bouts after a mere 10 minutes. I asked her if she was training for the marathon to which she replied yes. Wanting to show off a bit I said: “I’m thinking of running a half marathon.” “Why don’t you then?” she said as I gulped. “Er, I’ve got no one to train with.” I said as my get out of jail card. But she just said: “Well you can train with me if you want.” And that was it – I found my jogging partner and I have never looked back. She encouraged me and it was the incentive I needed to stick to my running regime. And exercising together has had the added benefit of bringing you closer to a friend – well apart from talking (amid panting!) there’s not much else you can do hey? I now have four different partners I run with so I’m never bored or given the chance to avoid training!
So rather than slip into the arm-chair for a few hours to relax after work, why not drag along a friend and go out for a jog or a swim. Having a friend who is interested in keeping fit and toned can really help keep you motivated and suddenly exercising isn’t just about getting sweaty and losing weight, it’s about catching up on the latest gossip and having a bit of quality time together. My male friends at the gym are very good at this. They always seem to encourage each other to go that extra mile or up the weights they lift. I have to say they are a real source of inspiration to me and a bit of healthy competition between pals is not a bad thing at all if it can give you the results you want!
Happy working out together!