Jody Sargison spoke recently on Treasuring Mothers about creating an Exercise Action Plan (you can catch up on that episode here). Today Jenny poses the question, should you have a fitness buddy, or is it okay to go it alone? What are the benefits of each?

Jody Sargison, fitness buddy
Jody Sargison is the Treasuring Mothers Fitness and Well-Being expert

Naturally, as with most things in life, there are seasons for everything. Not only that, different people have different needs. Jody has some great suggestions about times when it’s great to exercise with others, and outlines reasons for when it’s better to do it alone.

There are no rights or wrongs in this space, it’s purely personal. Start identifying what your goals are, and make your decision from there.

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Show Notes – Exercising with Others

  • Different seasons of life have different requirements. When Jody first started looking at getting fit she didn’t know a lot about exercise, so she sought help from friends.
  • Going to the gym can feel a bit scary if you’ve never done it before, so going with a fitness buddy can be a great help. They can be someone who knows the ropes already, or someone there figuring things out alongside you.
  • Sometimes having another person alongside can be a great motivation and encouragement, and help keep you accountable.
  • If you do have an exercise buddy, make sure they’re there to help you achieve your goals. If your goal is to get a bit more active and have time with a friend, that’s great. On the other hand, if you’re working towards a goal, make sure your friend is helping you and not distracting you.
  • If you struggle with motivation and you want to keep fit and make new friends, team sports are a great option.
  • Many people prefer the solitude of running or swimming, time with their own thoughts and their own company.
  • Classes are another way of getting accountability, and also some training. If you’re working towards a goal of strength or improving your technique in an area, a good instructor can help.
  • Search Facebook for running or swimming groups in your area if you don’t have friends to exercise with already. . Exercising with others can help keep you motivated to keep going, even through the challenging times.

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