1 of the top 3 determinants for exercise adherence is having what psychologists call "social support". You don't need a masters degree to know that having someone hold you accountable and keep you company can be a huge motivation for most people to stay committed to exercise. A group fitness class or personal trainer is one easy way to be accountable to your fitness. This is one of the reasons I have a career. A big thanks to the human brain for needing support to stay fit! Do you have any exercise buddies? Leave a comment below. No? See if you can round a few up before the end of this year. Find an activity and a time of day/week you both have in common and then be a leader and make the effort to schedule exercise dates.
I have a few different friends that I can usually call upon to make a plan and stay committed. My friend Sayaka will usually meet me for a morning walk between clients by the ocean. My friend Justin is always up for a late afternoon climbing session. Karl, my boyfriend and I will regularly swim, go for a bike ride or do a circuit workout at the gym.
But, do you know who my #1 accountable workout friend is? Woman's Best Friend! Koda! She never cancels, says no or goes out of town.
Koda is always excited for a hike in the canyon, run on the beach or a swim in the ocean! If I have energy for more than one of those or all 3 in one day, she is ready! In fact, she gets me outside more often than I would be on my own devices. Even us Fitness Professionals need a push sometimes.
Please share your exercise committment strageties below, we can all use new ideas!