Happy Friday to YOU!!! Oh my gosh it has been a minute since I have blogged and I have to admit, I have missed it a little bit 🙂 I have been a little busy lately and focusing more than ever on really being present to what is right in front of me and thankfully, what has been right in front of me lately has not been my computer screen 😉 More on that later! Today I want to talk about workout out with friends and using our friendships to keep each other motivated.
My aunt sent me a pretty funny group chap with herself and her girlfriends, talking about working out. You could be running a marathon together or texting each other workout jokes, whatever works for you! Friendships are great ways to keep each other accountable. I have come up with a few things you could try with a friend or two.
When you first start out on your fitness journey, it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated. You can have a week-long streak, then stop because you missed a day and it’s hard to start again. Or boredom, self-consciousness, and doubt can get the best of you. In this case, why not get some friends involved in your workouts. Not only can you all keep each other on track, but you can also all have some laughs along the way.
Dance off the calories
Whether you sign up for a high-intensity Zumba dance workout, a mellow salsa class for beginners, or just enjoy yourselves playing Just Dance on Wii, dancing is a fun but intense exercise. It’s even more fun with a partner. A 30-minute session will burn between 130 and 250 calories, will challenge your brain as you learn the moves, will target your whole body to make you stronger, and will improve balance and coordination. The best part about this exercise is that you can do it anywhere. I would say if you were to walk into my house on a weekend, there is about an 80% chance you would catch me dancing in our kitchen with JoMarie. We love dance parties and the calorie burn is just a bonus.
Join the gym together
Going to the gym can sometimes feel like self-imposed torture, which doesn’t help your motivation in the slightest. Getting a gym buddy might not make it feel any better, but at least you’ll have someone to cheer you on while you lift weights and push you to stay in plank for a few more seconds. There are even a few partner exercises you could include in your workout to raise the intensity. Having to motivate someone else to stay on track will also encourage you to stick to your gym schedule. In short, you stand a better chance of meeting your gym goals and reaching your targets if you take your friend to the gym with you. Even if it’s not the gym, maybe start a new program with a friend. This way you can keep each other accountable as you will be doing the same workouts as each other.
A running buddy may make this exercise a little more exciting. Having someone to run with is an excellent way to see if you’re pushing yourself too hard; if you find it difficult to maintain a conversation while running, you should probably slow your pace a little. However, if your running partner is slightly better than you, then you have a free running coach telling you when to pick up the pace. Why not sign up for a charity run to further motivate yourselves to stay on track? I am currently working on signing up a group of my co-workers to do some charity runs together this year and also using this as some team building 🙂 can’t wait!!
Once you’ve committed to working out together, you and your buddy should make sure to enjoy your rest days together. By keeping each other in line, you can get right back into your routine the next day. Get in the kitchen with a friend and experiment on some new healthy and fun recipes to try!!
Our best girlfriends are special gifts that we should never take for granted! Surround yourself with your friends who are cheering you on as loud as you are cheering for them, there is nothing better than that!!
“When women support each other, incredible things happen”