Congratulations – you’ve chosen to be a member of an athletic club. You have committed to staying healthy and fit. 3 or 4 visits a week with a workout plan will improve your mood, attitude and appearance. Often, the greatest obstacle in the way of success is just getting to the gym. Even those of us who are regulars know the challenges of motivation. It’s easier to skip a day, then a week or worse, a month. Sometimes we all need a little push from a friend.
I’ve got 3 motivators to help you and your friend get to the gym.
Renew Your Resolutions – This is an excellent time to review and renew your goals. Maybe you aimed too high and need to adjust the plan so you can be successful. I like to goal set in quarters; a 3 month commitment is easier to achieve than a 12 month plan. Is there someone you know that might be in a similar situation? Go get a cup of coffee together and set reasonable goals that you’re likely to achieve.
Accountability – Regularly meeting a friend at the gym is a win-win. You get to check in with your friend and get a workout too. When you know someone is waiting for you, you’re more likely to show up.
Beat Isolation – Do you know someone that isn’t getting out enough, can’t drive or has the winter blues? Maybe you’re feeling that way, too. Loneliness, depression and isolation are serious health problems. Working out boosts one’s physical and mental health. Give your friend a call and an invitation to join you for a workout. Provide transportation and the encouragement to improve their attitude, strength and mobility.
I couldn’t drive for 6 months for medical reasons. My friends organized a carpool and got me to the gym regularly. I am so thankful to them for their efforts. I believe that their companionship and energy helped me heal faster.
Working out is important to our physical and mental health. You know that already. Help yourself and your friend get to the gym, achieve goals and have fun at the same time!
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