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Healthy Fitness Challenge - Article 2

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 3:22pm

Have you ever said, “Starting tomorrow, I’m going to exercise and eat healthier…” then you put it off for tomorrow, or next week, or longer. The truth is many of us find it hard to stay motivated to eat better or exercise more.  We know we need to, but it's sometimes hard to hold ourselves accountable. So, what can we do to stay committed?

Recruit a friend.  That's right, grab a buddy! Having a workout partner increases our chances of staying focused and motivated to achieve our fitness goals. Who knows, that person may need you for the very same reason.

 When you are committed to meeting someone at a certain time, you’re both more likely to show up. And we know that can sometimes be the most challenging part. You wouldn’t ever consider standing up a friend for dinner plans, and the same rules apply to meeting at the gym, the track or wherever. This also encourages you to plan your workouts in advance and be ready to go. Being accountable to another person helps keep us on track.

 Working out with a partner can be a social event. The more fun you have, the longer you’ll keep going and the more results you will see. Together. 

 So...as you accept this fitness challenge, invite a friend, or two, to join you. Define some times when you can meet up for at least 2 workouts each week. And have fun!

 Exercise of the week is: Side stepping narrow and wide squats. Start with feet hip distance apart. Do a squat. Stand up and step one foot out to make a wider stance. Do a squat. Stand up and step that foot back to original stance. Do a squat. Move only one foot. Repeat 10 times per foot. See the demo at facebook.com/The Alaska Club.

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