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Senior Fitness: Your Fitness Depends on Who You Exercise With?

Mar 16, 2008
Have you ever noticed that when you exercise with some people it seems easy and fun, and when you exercise with others, it is not. For that matter doing almost anything with some people is fun and with others not. Some people are a pleasure. Some people are just difficult to be around.

Whether exercising or anything else, the company you keep encourages or discourages you. When encouraged, fitness comes easily.

When you exercise by yourself, you keep company with yourself. You have all kinds of conversations with yourself. If you are hard on yourself re: fitness, you become your own worst enemy. You might even get yourself to quit doing something you know is good for you, like exercising. We all know people who are their own worst enemies. When it comes to fitness activities, let us not be one of them. As a senior, you know better.

We judge our fitness and compare our fitness and are pleased with our progress, or not. We have long (or short) conversations and persuade ourselves to try harder or to stop. Usually, we do not even hear ourselves because we are so used to the sound of that voice in our head and we do not question that voice of authority. Like most people, we tend to agree with what WE say. Again, as a senior, we should know better.

The most significant reason people stop or do badly is because they judge themselves negatively.

However, if you have a knowledgeable trainer or an agreeable companion, all that changes. Having a pleasant, encouraging partner can be the single most important element in a successful fitness program. Take control of this key element by finding the right companion to exercise with.

How do you know the right companion or trainer?

First, you are winning. That is always a good sign and most important.

If you are not winning, check whether your relationship with your partners works for you or not.

Second, you enjoy the process. By enjoy, I do not mean you are always happy. More important is that you are motivated. Being enthusiastic is always good. It is the energy that gives you power.

Third. Does your partner demand too much? Then you will get discouraged, injure yourself, eventually give up. Do they demand too little? Not any better. You will get bored, make very slow progress, and perhaps quit anyway. You want to be somewhere between too little and too much. You will know because you will make progress without injury.

This will be worth the effort, worth almost any cost. It will keep you motivated. Whether it is a friend to walk with in your neighborhood or a personal trainer in a gym, that person calls you into action, gets you enthusiastic and set to do what you need to. There is no more powerful motivator than a team of people going enthusiastically in the same direction.

This makes it likely you'll do the workout. It is worth any cost to do this right. It is your health, and poor health is the highest expense you can have.
About the Author
Peter Woronoff is a psychotherapist and fitness enthusiast. Claim your complimentary audio: "Take the Pain Out of Getting Fit " at www.SeniorFitnessNOw
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