Fitness is fun when you include a partner. If you need some fun ways to help convince a friend to be your gym partner, then here are six helpful tips to get your contacts up off the couch and into a workout with you.
You know why you should be active, but now it’s time to spread your knowledge and help your friends and family in on the action. When you start dedicating your time and energy to improving your health, the results are often visible for all to see. Your improved confidence, body image and glowing skin may be all the convincing those around you need to see. But for your friends and family members who are reluctant to getting active, you may need to use some additional convincing tactics to help get them going.
Right after a workout is the perfect time to talk with a friend about how great you feel. It’s the time that you’ll be most excited and energized about the activity you just performed. Try to meet up with or call them right after your workout. The energy boost you get right after a good workout is very natural, so they’ll hear or feel the positive energy radiating from you and feel excited by your enthusiasm. If you wait until later in the day, your enthusiasm may have subsided. It’s the perfect time to invite them to join you for your next gym session to do a partner workout.
We all have bad days, and being the friend who’s striving to make someone feel better is rewarding. Be a great friend to someone who is feeling stressed out or down this week. Tell them that you’ll be the perfect listener on the go by taking them for a walk or hike for some fresh air. Having a gym partner doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be confined to an indoor gym. Share with your friend that the path to a better mood can be as simple as just getting outside and being active. When you’re active, it promotes the release of natural feel good hormones in your body.
If you and your friends attend a party and indulged a little too much, you can suggest continuing the party the next morning with a workout and/or healthy breakfast to get back on the right track. It’s so easy to have a lazy day after a good night out, but you could end up feeling guilty that you wasted the entire day. Your friends may dislike the idea of waking up early after a night out, but once they’re awake and ready to go they’ll thank you. You may even find a regular gym partner for weekends because of this suggestion.
So often we’ll happily help a friend get motivated to work out, but we won’t keep that momentum going when it comes to us. On a day when you feel that you need a gym partner to keep you on track, ask an inactive friend to come and support you. You’ll be helping them to get moving as they help you keep moving. It’s a perfect combination. I know that so many people tend to gravitate toward their fitness savvy friends when they need motivation, but an inactive friend can give you just as much support. It may motivate them to take action and improve their own habits too.
When you first start living a healthy, active life, friends can become worried or threatened by the changes that you’re making. Especially if you don’t give them the opportunity to understand why you’re doing new things. If you know that your new active lifestyle may take you away from your regular friends and family activities, try to communicate your goals. Make an effort to invite an occasional gym partner to join you whenever possible.
There’s nothing more appealing than wonderful workout clothes! One of the best ways to inspire a friend to get active is to take them shopping for new fitness apparel and shoes. Once they find the perfect outfit, they’ll need a good excuse to wear it. At that point, you should be armed and ready with suggestions of a great class or hike they can try with you.
We’re all motivated by different factors. As you become healthier and fitter, it’s natural for you to want to shout about it from the rooftops, and have your nearest and dearest experience the same positive feelings. From my experience, if you truly want to help people in your life to adopt healthier habits, you must keep your thoughts and opinions very positive and encouraging. No one likes to be told that their current lifestyle is bad. It’s hurtful and off putting; it can even ruin even a good friendship. If you’ve personally found the light and love your new improved lifestyle, just be patient because your friends and family will ask you for your secrets when they feel ready.
When you do want to convince a friend to be your gym partner, only use gentle persuasion. Encourage your family and friends using positive and fun tactics to help convince them to achieve long-term health changes at their own pace.
That old saying “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” comes to mind. My takeaway quote for you is “If you keep leading by example, eventually your loved ones will join you.”
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