The Pros and Cons of Workout Buddies
Posted July 6, 2010on:
How many times have you credited your workout buddy for getting you through your workout, or even getting you to your workout? It’s great having someone we have to report to, someone who will know for sure when we aren’t following our exercise schedule, and who will gently harass us when we aren’t doing what we should.
Besides, having a lunchtime walking partner at work is a great way to catch up on watercooler gossip, or just to build work relationships. And having a buddy in the weight room at the gym is a great way to egg you on, pushing you through to squeeze out those last few reps… we all know that when no one’s looking, we’ll end our last set early. (I do, too!)
But, beware of herd mentality. When one person in the group starts to slack off, they all do. If one person in your walking group suddenly has a reason (justifiable or not) to back out for a while, everyone will start to find an excuse. Soon, no one from the group is exercising. Don’t let yourself fall into the excuse trap of “my walking partner couldn’t make it, so I can’t make it, either.” Remember: whether or not the group is there, you provide your own motivation. You deserve the exercise, right? So, do it!
After all, if, in the end, you are the only one left standing in the walking group, still soldiering on, that should make you really proud that you’re still going strong!