Why Fitness Friends Are So Important
By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn
I prefer to exercise in the morning. It’s the time of day when my energy is the best and also the only time of day that I can consistently make time to work out. So you might assume that I leap out of bed and grab my running shoes when the alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m., right? Well, not exactly.
There is generally some grumbling as I reach for the snooze button and my brain starts to process why I am getting up so early. About two minutes later, I am making my way to the kitchen for my Fit3 Burn and to check my phone. At this point, I’m trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a workout later and secretly hoping for a text from Sara, my workout partner, to let me know that she can’t meet this morning to run. I am completely deceiving myself — I don’t have time later and Sara NEVER cancels. To be honest, I never cancel either. That’s the beauty of having a workout partner — motivation and accountability.
Meeting My Fitness Pal
Sara and I met 12 years ago at a local 5K race. We didn’t really know each other then, but over the next few years we bumped into each other at races and running (literally) around town. About seven years ago, we started running together. We have run thousands of miles together and regularly workout three to four times per week. Not only is she my workout pal, but she is now a very close friend. And it was fitness that originally brought us together.
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