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The Power of a Fitness Partner

Monday, November 26, 2012

Yesterday, I met a friend for a morning walk. It was cold out (30ish F) and a little windy; but we went. I had "assumed" we would walk the shorter trail a couple times (one time is a little over a mile). But, she suggested we do the longer (8 mile) trail. We did it!!!

She didn't push me into it. Well, it was not a hard push anyway. It took the smallest suggestion for me to agree to go the extra distance. This really made me realize what a positive influence other people can be in our fitness journeys. If you are lucky enough to have someone like this that you can count on, embrace it and them!

You can also use the SparkPeople virtual community to help provide you the extra motivation and gently nudge you to do more. I guess I always knew this; but, it really struck me yesterday.

So many of you have given me the extra nudge when I needed it, the friendly encouragement when I felt lazy, the motivation and inspiration that pushed me to keep going.

Thank you my Sparkly friends.

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    That's awesome! An 8-mile walk is a great accomplishment! So glad you both took it on! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1419 days ago
    Great blog; you're so lucky to have a fitness buddy to give you that gentle nudge and vice versa. emoticon
    1419 days ago
    That is something that I desire but have not successfully access. Most times, I do the "pushing". People around me just don't value healthy living.
    1423 days ago
    Fitness buddies are golden!
    1423 days ago
    Nice! I have to get my motivation here (spark), I don't have anyone locally that I exercise with. Spark On! emoticon
    1424 days ago
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    1424 days ago
    I'm glad that you have a physical fitness buddy along with all of us virtual fitness buddies!! emoticon
    1424 days ago
    Wow - that was a great walk/work out! And it does help the motivation to have someone to share it with.
    1424 days ago
    It is great that you have a fitness buddy!!!!
    1424 days ago
    Good to see your blog!! Yes, my hubby is my constant hiking companion! We are good for each other in that, when I don't want to go, he will and visa versa. When we encounter one more hill, I want to turn around and he will encourage me to come on up it! Don't like to do it alone at all! Even in my own neighborhood!!!
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    1424 days ago
    Yes indeed! I joined a group so I have many fitness buddies and we encourage each other! Congrats on your accomplishment...maybe next time it'll be YOU doing the encouraging! :)
    1424 days ago
    I miss my fitness buddy. I had a friend that I would meet at the gym 3x a week for at least an hour. It worked out great for the first few months. Now our schedules are too different to get together. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Enjoy it while you can emoticon
    1424 days ago
    You are so lucky to have the fitness is what I know I need to help push and motivate me! Left to my own devices, I am not necessarily going to get out in that 30 degree weather...even though that is precisely what I need! emoticon
    1424 days ago
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