Get by with a little help from friends
HAVING A WORKOUT BUDDY WILL KEEP YOU MOTIVATED IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD
We all have special friends in our lives that we rely on and turn to when we need a little extra support and encouragement in life - I know I have quite a number of friends who have been there when I have needed them the most. Health and fitness has been a part of my life for many years and training has been one of the ways I have coped with difficulties, especially in the past few years.
In the early days after the car accident that my husband and daughter passed away in, my motivation was extremely low. The impact of the grief was intense and affected my energy levels and my desire to do any form of exercise.
This is where the value of my wonderful friends came in - everyone around me knew how important my fitness was to me and how it was helping me to cope with all the changes going on in my life. But my friends could also see I was struggling to maintain a consistent routine. They would ring me up, harass and hound me to head to the gym, go for a run or to do a little boxing session. Some days I would be dragging the chain, but you know, once I was exercising with these amazing friends, I would suddenly forget for a moment what I was going through, and would feel so much better afterwards.
I guess I am sharing my story a little with you this week, as I wanted you to see how beneficial a workout buddy can be, especially when you are experiencing a low ebb in life.
Setting goals and working towards outcomes with others can keep you on track but also there are so many other benefits of having a workout buddy:
But most of all the fun, the laughter you will experience along the way, will override the times you are struggling and lacking motivation.
My friends have always been there for me and I am always grateful for their friendship and support at a time in my life when I needed it the most. I no longer need them to harass me anymore to workout, my motivation is back strong, but I still love working out with them.
I love the song quote -"I get by with a little help from my friends" - it rings true to me in so many ways in my life and I hope you can make it ring true for you!
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.