Fitness Partnership

At the start of the New Year, most people have new fitness aspirations. The problem is those aspirations without accountability can quickly become thoughts of the past. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to create a fitness partnership. Studies have shown that if you feel accountably towards another person while working out, you are more likely to follow through on that commitment.

This is how it works?

1.     Choose a friend or family member to be your partner.  You do not need to complete the workout together, but you have to at least be able to communicate through text message. Tips on picking the right partner.

2.     You alternate who picks the fitness challenge of the day. Start small, such as a 5-20 minute commitment. An example of a challenge would be to go on a mile walk or do 20 sit-ups and 20 pushups.

3.      Both people have 48 hours to complete the challenge. Check in with each other by text message and picture, if possible.

4.     You cannot consider the challenge complete until both have finished. Once you both have completed the task, the other person gets to choose the next challenge. Then repeat.

Remember not to make the challenge impossible to complete. The goal is to become more active from wherever you are starting. If walking around the neighborhood is considered a challenge, then find a friend who would also find that challenging. If a 15 mile run is the challenge, then so be it. Most importantly, be as supportive to your partner as you would want to be supported. Have fun. Good luck. Be Better.