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It also helps if your buddy's schedule already works with yours, so you don't start off with a built-in excuse to break your consistency.
A motivating buddy supports and challenges. So make sure the person you're considering is just as committed and eager to succeed as you are. A twisted arm is not going to stick around long.
Look for someone who will be upbeat—even if you get discouraged—and can hold you accountable without passing judgment. You want a stress reliever, not a stress producer. Nothing kills consistency like negative energy.
The better the fit, the more you and a goal buddy can coach each other through those hazardous temptations. A good goal buddy will prevent you from falling off the wagon before you even start.
Community centers and gyms are gold mines for dieting, hiking, biking, running, walking and sports clubs. Sporting goods stores often host programs as well. Check the calendar and announcements section of the local paper. Online, look for community forums. To find a buddy on SparkPeople, click here.
Most of all, just ask around. Your buddy could be hiding in a most unexpected place. It could be your dentist, your cousin, your mechanic's hairdresser. Who knows? Think of it as fitness networking and don't be afraid to ask someone to "buddy up."