One of the biggest roadblocks for achieving fitness goals and actually fulfilling your commitment to going to the gym is, well, actually going to the gym. Too often people sign up to the gym with good intentions, only to get a few months, weeks, or even days down the track and find they don’t have the motivation to go anymore.
Enter stage right; the gym buddy. This is someone that keeps you accountable and motivated to keep going back (while you do the same for them). It’s also someone that can actually make working out fun – because, let’s face it, it shouldn’t feel like a chore!
But how exactly do you choose a gym buddy? Well, you might not have to look much further than the cubicle beside yours – and here’s why.
1. Keeping you accountable
When you’re working full-time, you end up spending a lot of time with your colleagues. You’re most often around them during mealtimes, too, so they can keep you accountable for any nutritional goals you’ve set to line up with your newfound gym routine.
And, of course, they can also keep you accountable when it comes to actually heading to the gym, especially if it’s for a lunchtime or after work class. Any regular gym buddy can text and cancel on you or let you do the same, but if your colleague is already with you, bag packed and ready to head out the door? Yeah, try turning that one down.
2. Matching schedules
With competing schedules, trying to coordinate the best workout time with someone can be tricky (heck, trying to coordinate coffee with someone you’ve known for 10 years can be a challenge sometimes). When you work with someone, you’ve both at least got one thing in common – your work schedules. It’s a pretty major thing to have in common too, considering how much time work tends to take up.
That means you can both head to the same early morning group classes that finish with just enough time to grab a shower and coffee before you clock in. Or it means you can head to the gym together straight after knocking off for the day.
3. A healthier Happy Hour
Australians are fond of the Happy Hour – especially on a Friday evening. It’s a great way to blow off some steam after a long week and also bond with your fellow workmates.
Now read that last sentence again but pretend we’re talking about hitting the gym, not the local bar. Yep, that’s right, working out is a great (and healthier) alternative to the traditional Happy Hour, and still allows you to spend some quality time sharing hot office gossip with your work BFF.
And look, you can always join the others down at the pub after you’ve sweated it out (that pint will feel much more well-deserved, trust us!).