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Goal Buddies are Golden

Who's Your Buddy? Anybody!

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What would you call people who can help keep the weight off, boost your confidence, and help make fitness fun? You might call them "miracle workers."

We call them Goal Buddies.

Most people make the mistake of going it alone. Sometimes, it’s just too tough to stay consistent by yourself. But a good fitness buddy won’t let you quit.

Fitness Buddies are two or more people who commit to helping each other reach consistent goals with friendly encouragement and regular contact.

A study of young mothers suggests that support can make a huge difference in exercise consistency. Of women who were part of a weekly discussion group, 60% reached their workout target of 2.5 hours per week for 8 weeks – long enough to make exercise a habit. Or another statistic for you, married couples are seven times more likely to stick with an exercise program if they do it together instead of alone.

Why does a goal buddy help you get results? By offering accountability, motivation and consistency. By mixing these three ingredients, you can create a rewarding, effective relationship that’s lively and a little lighter. Many of our members are finding this out as they match up with goal buddies through SparkPeople's Message Boards and SparkTeams.

Finding any old goal buddy isn't hard, but finding the right one may be a little tougher.

At the top of your priority list should be someone who has similar goals to yours. Just because you get along well with someone in your book club doesn't mean she'll help you get to the gym regularly.
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Member Comments

  • Weight loss buddies are great to help keep you motivated and to stay on track. - 6/30/2013 10:00:09 PM
  • My weight loss buddy has been awesome - even though we don't live in the same place and have never worked out together. We encourage each other, share our goals and hold each other accountable. Right now we have an ongoing wager to pay the other $20 if we miss work out days. Doesn't seem like much, but it keeps us working out. - 4/3/2011 6:17:33 PM
  • 11STONE_BRIDE
    I'm open to the idea of a buddy but I don't think I could be healthy about it. I'm very competitive. I think I would feel crushed if he/she succeeded when I didn't, and self-righteous and proud if I succeeded when he/she didn't. That's not helpful at all. - 7/19/2010 11:32:30 AM
  • JOY_IS_LOSING
    I agree completely. Check out my blog "What a difference a team makes" on my SparkPage where I tell you the progress I've made with my challenge team mates. We encourage each other, lift each other up when we fall, remind each other of the goals and that we are worth it. - 12/9/2009 2:52:46 PM
  • I agree with this article. My best friend has been my buddy through the last couple of months. She keeps me motivated and I am now at the point that if she has to miss a day exercise I am still motivated enough to continue without her. - 10/4/2009 7:28:35 PM
  • SUNCITYMARGE
    looking for a buddy to share weight loss and healthy lifestyle

    am 62 year old grandmother and have 35 pounds to loose - 10/3/2009 1:46:35 PM
  • I am looking for a buddy - I am in my late 40's and have 20 pounds to lose... - 10/3/2009 10:08:25 AM
  • TWINSMOM903
    Looking for a buddy who is in their 40's and has 40-50 pounds to lose. I'm located in Texas and eager to get this ball rolling. You be accountable to me, I be accountable to you. Our goals must be compatible and the focus straight forward.

    Are you in? Summer is here and Fall is approaching. Looking forward to a nice New Year's Eve.

    Please send a message if interested.
    ~Melissa~ - 7/14/2009 10:35:06 AM
  • I am looking for a weight loss buddy. I have 45 pounds to loose. Gained 25 pounds since January 2009 after my divorce... Guess I am an emotional eater... - 7/1/2009 9:34:59 PM
  • Is there a person who is in need of a buddy. Priscilla is looking for one. I just can't go it alone. If there is someone who lives in Delaware who has a lot of weight to lose let me know. - 6/28/2009 8:59:59 AM
  • I would love to find a goal buddy within my city or vicinity, that would be nice. Like the article. - 6/14/2009 1:44:21 AM
  • The hard part is finding someone with similar goals and managing schedules. I used to work out at the Y near where I used to live with another woman I ice skate with. But then I moved about 45 minutes away and it's just not possible. We still push each other on the ice, but it is the off the ice exercises I wish I had someone to work with. I also do not have any gyms near me as I live out in a rural area. I have everything in my house. I wish my husband would get into working out with me. But he is one of those people who never workout, can eat anything he wants and weighs probably 125 soaking wet and is not into exercising at all. - 6/2/2009 9:26:19 AM
  • I have made relationships with some people on here but as I never see them I was very relieved when about 6 or 7 weeks in by boyfriend decided to change his lifestyle too and jump on board. I really feel I would have quit by now if he hadn't joined me at that exact moment! He has lost 35 lbs and I have lost almost 31 lbs! What a difference a buddy makes! - 5/15/2009 12:31:20 PM
  • Has anyone else noticed this article is copies almost verbatim from Find a Fitness Buddy? Seriously. But they are two different authors. - 4/15/2009 4:36:16 PM
  • I found a running buddy here on Spark after she made a comment about a running article I had saved on my Spark page. She wanted to become a runner just like me...we start week two tomorrow. We don't live anywhere near each other, but we are doing our encouragement through Spark email.

    When I look for a Sparkfriend, I look for someone who has two or three things in common with me...same amount to lose, college bound children, same age, etc... That has been working well for me. Oh, and join (and be active!) in a Spark Team.

    - 3/31/2009 8:00:27 AM

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