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Need Motivation To Exercise? An Exercise Buddy Can Help!

If you are someone who hates to exercise, it can be really difficult to get out there and "just do it." Knowing that exercise will benefit you as a chronic pain patient is often not enough, especially when you are just starting out.  You might find it helpful to find an exercise buddy--especially someone like yourself, who is just starting to exercise, who knows the benefits will pay off...but just getting out there and doing it is a huge battle.




Having a friend along for the journey can help you to know that you are not alone in your situation. Most of us look forward to meeting up with a friend and catching up over a cup of coffee...so why not do your catching up over exercise?  Just knowing that you're meeting up with a friend might be all the motivation you need to get those sneakers on and get moving.

An exercise buddy can look at you a way you can't look at yourself--they can help you (and you can help them) to assure that your exercise technique is correct, whether you are strength training, learning a new yoga posture, or playing golf.  Your friend can also challenge to you try something new or push you to the next fitness level if you're not inclined to pushing yourself in that way. Conversely, they can be the person who tells you that you're trying too hard or doing something in a way that can cause injury.

If you are trying to meet a goal--such as weight loss or fitness goals--your friend will be right there with you along the way. In encouraging each other to overcome the hurdles, you might find you get there more easily and more quickly than you ever could do so by yourself!

Sources: Shape.com; Wikimedia

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