Earlier this year, the New York Times website featured an article about several recent studies into the exercise habits of dog owners. What they found was people who owned and walked their dogs exercised more regularly and were often more active than non-dog owners. While we would never recommend getting a dog just for the potential exercise benefits, there is something to be said here for exercising with a companion.
Have you ever talked yourself out of exercising because you’re too tired, too busy, etc (it’s okay, we’ve all done it)? If you have a hard time keeping up with your routine, finding an exercise buddy can help you become more consistent. Making plans to meet up with someone at the gym keeps you accountable—you’re more likely to go if you know someone is waiting for you.
Once you get started, the two of you can motivate each other to work just a little bit longer or a little bit harder than you would on your own. You may even develop a little healthy competition to keep doing your best. And, if you’re having a particularly difficult or challenging moment, your companion will be there to lend the support you need to keep going.
Even if you have a well established fitness routine, you can still benefit from bringing someone else along. Exercising with a buddy can combat the boredom factor that sometimes happens when going it solo, and having someone to talk to can make exercising more fun and enjoyable. And, the more enjoyable the activity is, the more likely you’ll stick with it. Finally if nothing else, exercising with a buddy is an opportunity to spend time with a friend or family member while doing something good for your health and Diabetes management.
Do you have a workout buddy (four legged or otherwise)? Do they motivate you to exercise?