Working Out with a Friend

How many of you have a regular exercise schedule? A time that is specifically devoted to taking care of your body? Unless you are extremely dedicated, or it’s been part of your daily routine for many years, getting motivated to workout regularly can be a little challenging. We always seem to find an excuse for not working out….we don’t have time, we’re too tired, we can’t stay motivated, etc.  Well, have you ever tried working out with a partner?

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Many of us feel that we’re alone in this “must stay fit” world we live in. Sometimes, the answer to staying motivated is as simple as sharing the workout. Years ago, May regularly worked out with a friend at a local health club. Sure, the 5am wake up call was rather miserable, however once we got to the gym and into our routine, we forgot about the time, challenged each other, and always felt better when the workout was finished. May’s pups over the years have also been wonderful workout buddies. We want our canine family members to live long healthy lives, and getting out and walking everyday is as important for them, as it is for us. Sawyer and May walk daily, sometimes twice a day if the weather is nice. How about working out with your significant other?  June and her husband along with Gatsby often walk together after work and take longer walks on the weekend.  Not only is it nice to get out and get some exercise, but it is also a nice time to reconnect and get away from the distractions of phones and the television.

May and June both have regular workout routines on their own, but they also have attended a regular yoga class together for several years (although May is a little less regular than June, especially during the winter months), and recently, we were offered an opportunity to work out in a semi-private pilates class at our yoga studio. The program was for six weeks, working out side by side on a pilates reformer.

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May had done mat pilates in the past, but got rather bored with it after a while. The reformer was new to both of us, and we have to admit, a little intimidating. Even though our instructor was pretty easy on us at our first class, our bodies were definitely talking to us the next day. We are going into our fourth class now and although we have each experienced some challenges, we are also really enjoying the classes. It’s been fun doing something new together, and we both feel our bodies getting stronger in a different way when compared to some of our other exercise routines. We laugh, make faces at each other after a particularly difficult exercise (of course our instructor doesn’t see this ;)), and always feel a sense of accomplishment when we’re finished. We also have someone to complain to the next day (or the next day or the next day, you see where this is going) when we feel the aches, in a good way, from our workout.  It is nice to do a new workout or class with a partner because I don’t know about you but it always intimidating to try something new.  Doing it with a friend makes you a little braver.  Who knows, maybe we’ll do another six weeks?

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So grab a friend, your dog, spouse, or sibling and make it a priority to start moving together. Your body and health will thank you for it, plus you’ll have some fun too!!

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Move your body, eat well, and love yourself.

Have a wonderful weekend. ~May and June

 

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