I choose to workout alone. There’s no particular reason why other than the fact I’m an extreme introvert who likes her space. I also like to go in and just workout without distractions. For me, this works because I can do what I need to in about an hour and be done. For others, though, having a workout buddy come along can help aid in motivation when there is none.
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Positive, Not Negative
There is nothing worse than going somewhere with someone who complains about everything. The mall, the store and especially the gym. You go to the gym to get motivated, but how can you be motivated when the person you’re with is constantly complaining? It can be really hard to get yourself in the zone when you’re surrounded by negative energy. That energy is strong and will affect your mindset before you even begin.
Finding a friend with a go-getter attitude and the same goals is essential to your own personal success. If you have someone who only serves as a distraction, it may be time to find another gym buddy or go at it alone for a while. Because when things start to get tough and you want to quit, you need someone to serve as your motivator-especially within those first few weeks. If they can’t motivate you, then why have them around?
As I mentioned in the point above, you should workout with someone who understands your goals. This is super important because if they understand what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it, then they can be a better workout partner. It can be really frustrating trying to work out with someone who is simply on the latest health craze for the week or is only interested in having a good chat. It is important to align your goals with your friend’s goals so you can both motivate and support each other with your workouts. Not everyone is going to want to exercise the same way, but if you both want to do it for the right reasons, then that’s a great start!