I have really enjoyed reading about Molly and Julie and their working out together. I also know that Julie Bowers has a walking partner. Friends can be such great motivators! I know for me, working out alone would be nearly impossible. Sure, I can run by myself and even do a short workout, but to really stick with it I need to be held accountable. Many years ago, I ran 4-5 days a week, 5 miles a day. I ran with a group of 4-8 people and we met at 5:30 a.m. I can definitely tell you that to get up that early and to get dressed to run in who knows what kind of weather takes either incredible discipline or knowing that a group of people will be waiting on you to show up. I'm not that disciplined. It was knowing that others were waiting for me that got me going every time.
How many times have you thought "I'll just miss workout class today, I'm too tired to go" and then you end up going because you know that you will be missed? I don't know about you, but I NEVER regret going. You know it will be hard work, you know that you will be tired and sore after, but you also know how much better you will feel having done it. I have all types of accountability at the gym I go to now. I'm sure if I didn't show up for several days in a row, the trainer would be calling. I usually try to go at the same time that my friend Jennifer goes--she would worry if I didn't show up. I find that even the posting of my time in the comments section is usually enough accountability. Am I alone? Surely not.
There are also workout friends who you are competitive with. This is important for me as well. I need to be pushed. Yesterday, I did a workout and I was stationed right behind my friend Kim. Yes, she is 20 years younger, but I can usually come close to keeping up with her, especially with weight lifting things. Just trying to keep up with her as she was doing the workout was quite a motivator. I ended up about 20 seconds or so slower. Had she not been there, I know I would have had a much slower time. A little healthy competition is a good thing.
What about you? How do friends affect your exercise program?