Monday, June 22, 2009

Fitness tip

Picking an Exercise Partner
By Ruthy Watson, MSPH
eDiets Contributor

Exercise is easier with a friend. Especially when those days arise and we aren't feeling motivated to put on our running shoes, go to the gym, or even put in that workout video. It's too easy to get distracted and put off our workout until tomorrow.

Finding a partner is not always as easy as we think. Our friends may not be as motivated as we are, may not share our interest in exercise, may not have the same goals or live close enough. Our family may not be interested (although we want them to be), they may not be supportive or they may not be physically able to do so.

What's the key to picking a workout partner? Here are some tips:

Start with family and friends to see who is available or interested.

Inquire among co-workers, neighbors, social organizations that you participate in.

Join an activity group for something you enjoy -- they can be found locally or online.

Post a notice on the bulletin board or in an area at your gym, health club or community center.

Once you have found a partner, keep in mind that this person can be a source of motivation, but ultimately you have to maintain your motivation by keeping your goalsin mind.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as much as 50 percent of American adults do not get the recommended minimum amounts of physical activity. Don't let yourself be included in this group. Get out and get active. And get a partner!