It's About Time

If you have ever spent more that 5 minutes with me, it is fairly obvious that I love fitness. I have learned so much (sometimes the hard way) in the 30 years that I have been teaching. What better way to share my passion than to start a blog and pass on the information that I share with clients on a day-to-day basis.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Strength In Numbers

We all know that we should be incorporating exercise into our daily routine.  That is easier said than done  Sometimes we need help to get going.  It's time for you to get an exercise buddy or support group.  I'm not just talking about a group to sit and discuss exercise but one that will move with you.  I have always used groups as a way to keep me motivated.

  • Athletic Teams-I had teammates who competed and challenged me to work at a higher level.  When you see someone else pushing, it is hard to sit back and watch.  (Some may disagree and would love to just observe- For Shame.)  Your teammate can be a friend who knows how to push you to run a little farther or to do 5 more push ups when you don't want to.
  • Group Fitness-I had students who motivated me to be a good example.  I wanted to promote consistency and fun  We used each other's energy in the classroom to make the exercise environment bearable.  We built friendships and encouraged each other to come to class.
  • Running Groups-I loved my Saturday running crew in Oregon.  Anyone was invited.  Varied routes, distances and social issues kept us entertained.  Fun conversation is always a good distraction on a long, hard run.
  • Adventure Fitness-Annette and I put this group together to motivate our clients to try different activities and different settings every time we met for our workout.  Changing up your routine can help reinvigorate you to get out and work.
  • Boot Camp-This year I have ladies in the neighborhood meeting at the local park to get both their cardiovascular and strength training in.  It is proven that women adhere to an exercise program more when they have a good social support system.  We giggle, work and get a little sassy (You know who you are and I love it.) as we get fit.
Exercising in groups is the way to go.  Your group can support, encourage, and inspire you towards a healthier lifestyle.  A fitness buddy can commiserate with you, spot you, hold your hand, hold you accountable, whine and sass with you but when you do it together, it makes it just a little easier.

Adventure Fitness on outdoor basketball court
Boot Camp at the playground

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