In the long term, we invariably have days when we’re lacking in motivation and find it hard to follow our exercise regime. When appropriate social support and accountability is missing, it becomes much easier to avoid exercising.
Finding the right workout partner (someone with similar fitness goals) increases our chances of success, and significantly reduces the chances of dropping out of an exercise program.
Buddies hold us accountable. Hence, we’re less likely to give in to the urge of last minute cancellations. They motivate us to push ahead when we feel like we have had enough, and want to give up. Buddies provide us with enough healthy competition to keep the exercise plan interesting.
1. Team up with a coworker/friend/your partner to work out together
2. Switch a coffee or tea break for a walk instead
3. Make friends with people in your gym/class to stay motivated