Getting Fit...

As hard as it is to get in shape, you think it’d be just as hard to fall out of it.

Unfortunately—as you may already know—the body doesn’t work that way. Months of serious training and exercise can be undone by something as seemingly harmless as a sunny, two-week summer holiday.

Fair or unfair, falling out of shape is something that happens to all of us. There’s no need to feel guilty about it and certainly no need to shroud yourself in secrecy as you try to undo the unwanted effects of leisurely living.

Instead of sweating it out solo, we recommend tapping into the power of the peer-group as a source of motivation and inspiration to right your bodily ship.

Think about enrolling in fitness classes!

Sign-up for that bootcamps you always wanted to take!

Enlist the services of a personal trainer!

Purchasing a few sessions with private health and wellness coach!

…Keep in mind though that these options—while undeniably effective—cost considerable currency, perhaps more than you’re willing to spend.

If you’re not one of the few with a pocketful of readily dispensable cash, you may want to consider our favorite options:

Start working out with a friend.

Why Work Out With A Friend?

Aside from the fact that working out with a friend is free, a friend turned workout-partner will help keep you accountable and on-target with your goals, particularly if that person has a proven fitness background to lean on.

Peer-pressure doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. As adults, peer-pressure can help us perform better in both our personal and professional lives. By enlisting a fit friend as a fitness partner, you’re creating a cognitive pathway that links their commitment and resilience with yours.

More importantly, studies suggest working-out with a peer increases measurable results. Without diving into the numbers, people who exercise with friends not only do a better job of building workouts into their weekly schedules but keeping up with those workouts for longer periods of time.

So How Do I Ask For Help?

Remember, you’re talking to a friend not a random stranger; there’s no need to be timid. Just be clear about what you’re looking for with the understanding that, in spite of your friendship, they may not feel comfortable acting as your guide to better health.

Be polite, not pushy, in your request. Understand they’re doing you a favor. Ask them about their existing workout schedule/routine and find a way to build your time at the gym around their time.

If you’re unsure about the best way to get the ball rolling, ask for their honest advice. Whatever their recommendation, be willing to give it a try for at least two-weeks; that should be enough time to see marginal but measurable results.

Take those data points and ask your friend to adjust the workout plan accordingly.

Finally, adhere to the principal of what goes around comes around. If your friend is willing to take the time to help you with your fitness goals, the day may come where they (or someone else) asks you to do the same—Don’t balk at the opportunity. 


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