By Maquita Parker
It’s that special time of the year, dozens of flowers are for sale, hearts are everywhere you go, and love is in the air! Every January many people make resolutions to adopt changes to live happier, and healthier lives but these goals often fall short by the arrival of February. Often the initial motivation to embrace a health conscious lifestyle can fall short for several reasons, however working out with a partner can provide the accountability necessary to keep you on track with your goals.
Having a friend or significant other as a workout partner means you will always have someone to support your exercise efforts and will be less likely to skip a day of fitness. Being around someone who motivates you will help sustain your commitment to your goals and increase your confidence in believing that you can achieve them. Whether you’re going for a walk around the community, participating in a group exercise class, or visiting one of the fitness centers; doing it with a buddy can add extra excitement to any ordinary physical activity. Many also find that pairing with a partner can help the time go by faster, making even the most strenuous workouts seem like “a walk in the park” just by engaging in casual conversation from warm up to cool down. You could inadvertently find yourself completing three miles on the NuStep or treadmill all while spending time catching up on current events with an old friend or a loved one. This could also lead you to not only meeting but potentially exceed the specific workout goals you’ve set for yourself. So start spreading the love, get a mate and make a date this month to stay on track with your health and fitness goals for the new year!
If you want to learn more about the benefits of using the buddy system during your workouts, grab your Valentine and come out to “Cardio for Cupid” on Tuesday, February 14th at 12:00 pm in the Village Square Music Room.