I live alone, in a small village without gym facilities. Roads are narrow and traffic ridden, paths are muddy and bumpy, good for turning ankles or spraining joints! So how do I exercise? I walk up and down the corridor - it is a long one and fifteen circuits make 1 km. I do jumping jacks every commercial break when watching TV and march in place when watching the show! I tune to a music channel when cooking or cleaning and jig around doing the chores!
Is it working? Well, I feel happier, have lost a little weight and my clothes are noticeably looser!
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Having a workout buddy makes me accountable not only to myself but my buddy as well. Since my love of running rubbed off on my buddy, she has come to expect my call at 5am to get her up and going. Those mornings I don't want to get up, I push myself knowing she's waiting for me.
Those 5am runs keep me energized all day; it's a great way to start your day. I get my exercise in early, so I can enjoy my eveings when I get off work. Working out with a friend makes the time go by quickly because we can catch up on what's going on in each other's lives.
Remember when you were little and the Buddy System seemed silly when going to the bathroom or on a walk through the woods? Well, it's really not that silly when you think about it. Having a buddy along gives you someone to share your time with, to talk to, and to help keep you going. Having a buddy can take the focus off the strenuousness of the exercise and make it more fun and before you know it, you're done. Get a buddy!220
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