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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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COMPUCATHY 12/2/2012 9:39AM

    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

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LYNNIERN 12/2/2012 8:15AM

    Great blog; you're so lucky to have a fitness buddy to give you that gentle nudge and vice versa. emoticon

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FEMISLIM 11/28/2012 2:37PM

    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.

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CASSIOEPIA 11/27/2012 9:53PM

    Fitness buddies are golden!

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/27/2012 11:22AM

    Nice! I have to get my motivation here (spark), I don't have anyone locally that I exercise with. Spark On! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 11/27/2012 10:58AM

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LOPEYP 11/27/2012 5:58AM

    I'm glad that you have a physical fitness buddy along with all of us virtual fitness buddies!! emoticon

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JINLYNN 11/27/2012 12:44AM

    Wow - that was a great walk/work out! And it does help the motivation to have someone to share it with.
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JANTWO 11/27/2012 12:23AM

    It is great that you have a fitness buddy!!!!

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1BEACHWALKER 11/27/2012 12:14AM

    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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WINDSURFNERD 11/26/2012 11:41PM

    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! :)

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MEOWMEOWGIRL 11/26/2012 11:30PM

    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

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EGR2BEME 11/26/2012 11:12PM

    You are so lucky to have the fitness buddy...it 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

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