School, work, sports, art, life all show us that working with others is productive, effective, time efficient and fun. If you really take the time to look at it, all of life is geared toward working with others. That’s why working in a buddy for your work outs can be so effective and loads of fun. Especially, when approaching something that is as daunting as changing behavior patterns that [can and often do cause] anxiety, fear and self-doubt even anger. Having a buddy can help subside those road blocks and help you stay on the path to your goal.
A few things to consider when picking your buddy:
1) Pick someone with similar goals: If you want to lose pounds and build strength you might not want a buddy who is preparing to compete for the next Iron Man Triathalon. Someone at your pace or just above is always a good call.
2) Sign up for a race: Maybe not a marathon just yet, but a 5k or 10k are great goals to set for yourselves. It’s great fun, usually affiliated with a worthy cause and you meet new and interesting buddies. Some have even met love interests. Hey, it really does happen!
3) Get a Trainer: This is when you know you are serious about your goals. Hiring a trainer is a serious investment in yourself and your accountability. You are taking your time and money outside of yourself. This can be a great thing but it is important to do your homework first and meet them initially to see if you three are a match. A trainer can also design effective personal programs.
4) Consider a therapist or life coach: Losing weight for most people is an emotional roller coaster and because the body holds all of our emotions, working out can often trigger areas that we’ve kept hidden. Having a professional to help shed some light on balancing work and life, emotional eating and pushing through those program-derailing mental blocks.