For those who practice an active and healthy regimen and lifestyle, it is most certain that you have that one friend whom you want to join you when working out. For their part, the reasons for not doing so widely vary, from having no time, or simply just choosing the sedentary couch potato lifestyle.
For those friends who are already exhausted with work during the week, finding time to exercise can be a burden for them that they would rather avoid. However, your friend’s health is guaranteed to go on a gradual yet certain decline, especially if they do not keep their diet in check.
So, let’s say you, yourself have been motivated by exercise, and you are greatly benefiting from it — it would be a nice gesture to pay it forward and do the same for a friend to help them improve their lives as well. If you are looking to effectively do this, hopefully this article will shed light on how to do so through these simple tips.
Have a Common Goal and Strive to Achieve It
Whether you want to hone a skill or simply keep yourself fit, you should have some fitness goals in mind. When trying to convince someone to work out with you, to increase your chances for success, set a common goal between the two of you so you can encourage each other in striving to reach your common goal.
These goals, of course, should be reasonable and achievable, especially for this friend of yours who is likely just at the beginning phase of incorporating exercise into their life.
To make things a lot more interesting, you can even start a friendly competition between the two of you. Just try not to be overly competitive, set goals too high, or let things get out of hand, otherwise one or both of you are likely to give up.
Consistency is Key
Now that you have gone through step one, which is to get a friend to start working out, the next challenge would be to have them maintain it. Some friends end up quitting right after the first workout because of the effort they put in and the soreness that follows. This may lead your friend into believing that exercising “is not for them.” Remember, “slow and steady wins the race.”
As the enabler, you must help your friend realize the importance of continuously showing up and inching themselves a step closer to their goals with every workout session. Forcing it upon them may not work, so you must develop a strategy that your friend will embrace and accept the idea that working out is beneficial to their existence — in more ways than one.
Maintain the Buddy System as Often as Possible
If your companion has yet to be fully comfortable with the idea of working out consistently, you ideally should be there during these initial phases. Think of it as using training wheels for a person who is trying to learn how to ride a bike. Always remember to acknowledge their milestones and successes.
Especially if you have been keeping that regular workout schedule for a while now, you could serve as a mentor figure to the person you brought along with you. Once they get the hang of it and see improvements that they are working on, he or she would be thanking you later.
Offer a Reward for a Job Well Done
Positive reinforcement is one method that is commonly used in all areas of life and has been proven to be effective, whether it be parenting, dealing with students, or in this case, motivating a friend to work out. Even sports teams have cheerleaders! It gives the individual something to strive for, makings it more likely they will complete the necessary tasks – and show up for the next workout!
Have a pizza and beer night at least once a week or, get a spa package for the both of you to enjoy. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and make sure not to burn yourself out too much. It always feels good to celebrate something you know you’ve earned.
Working out should not be as laborious (or boring) as doing tedious, manual chores. In fact, it should be fun and addicting in order to make you want to constantly come back, and eventually, turn it into a regular habit and staple to your lifestyle.
Some people go for dance classes, while others are more inclined to join a martial arts school. Whichever type of workout you may choose, make sure that you are enjoying it with good company.
It’s never too late to start working out, no matter what your age! As long as you find the right exercises that are enough to maintain good health, keep you looking and feeling alive. By doing this, you will be able maintain a healthy lifestyle, both in body and mind.