Struggling with Solo Workouts
For my whole life, (okay, maybe not my whole life, just since I was five), I have been exercising in a group. I started swimming competitively at the age of five and have just recently taken a sabbatical at the age of 53 (you do the math). And with my work schedule of opening up a fitness studio, I had to go on hiatus from working out with my own personal trainer.
I am working out on my own, completely on my own, for the first time in 48 years. To say the least, I am struggling a bit. I am a personal trainer and a lifetime athlete, so it seems weird to be struggling. I know how to exercise. I love moving my body, I have done this all my life. But somehow working out on my own isn’t all that fun. Being on my own gives me the opportunity to experiment with movements and sets that I can then share with my clients. So that is a plus. But I am not having the experience that gets me psyched and raring to challenge myself. So what gives?
The Benefits of Social Workouts
For me it is about the camaraderie of working out with a group of people. I miss being pushed by my peers. I miss the coaching on technique and having someone challenge me to dig a little deeper to squeeze more out of my effort. And I miss the social aspects – the teasing, the banter that goes on before a workout, knowing that I am with a group of people who share the same values of being fit, getting strong, and just seeing how much you can accomplish for the pure joy of seeing how you can push yourself. Plus, my fitness pals knew how to throw some great parties!
So if you are struggling, part of the solution may be to “get social.” Find a group to workout with, hire a personal trainer, seek out a workout buddy….get social, and your whole outlook on exercising may just shift for the positive!
P.S. Here is a blog post on this subject, written by Nick Sabino, the guy who kicked my butt and challenged me in the gym for years! I miss his quirky style that pushed me to achieve! See Nick’s post: The Truth About Exercise
Stop wasting your time on your own and get the push you need!
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