I have been an exercise enthusiast, personal trainer, and wellness coach for 15 years. I have made health a priority because I know how important it is to focus on my well-being.
I also have a very strong desire to maintain a vibrant lifestyle (and to avoid aging as long as possible). But if you were to ask me if it is easy to get motivated to work out, I would say absolutely not! Like most people, I am busy! I work a full-time job, I have three children, I have a hectic social life, and I enjoy volunteering. With all the commitments, sometimes exercise falls off my radar.
One thing I value as much as exercise is connecting with other women. I desire to develop and maintain relationships that hold meaning. If you’re struggling with motivation, or you simply want to multi-task, then one of the smartest moves you can make is to find other women to hold you accountable.
In fact, having the right workout partner(s) can often be the key to staying committed when life gets tough. Exercise partners provide support, accountability, and motivation.
I have worked out with the same group of ladies three times a week for the past year. Prior to that, I was their personal trainer for seven years. These ladies have been doing life together for eight years, holding each other accountable, building valuable friendships, and encouraging each other to stay mentally and physically strong. Best reasons for women to encourage women in fitness:
- You will show up. If you know a friend is waiting for you at the gym, even when you don’t feel like it, you will get up and go. It’s tough to bail on a friend.
- It’s girlfriend therapy. Without a doubt, women working out with women also doubles as therapy time. It creates an environment to de-stress through conversation as well as physical fitness.
- Motivation to work harder. Women can be competitive, but more than that we can challenge each other in a positive way. When you think you are too old or too out of shape, look at the lady next to you and realize you absolutely can do it!
- We are happier when we take time for ourselves. Happiness is key to healthy living. When you can be efficient with your time working out and spending time with ladies you enjoy, it is a win-win on every level!
Jenn Dubey is the director of wellness and recreation at the University Club of MSU Fitness Center in East Lansing. She can be reached at (517) 353-5113.