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How to Find a Fitness Accountability Buddy – Lifehacker

Posted: November 5, 2020 at 11:57 am

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A workout buddy is a wonderful thing to have. If theyre just a smidge stronger or faster than you, theyll inspire you to push yourself just a little bit more. But its hard to find someone whos at the exact right level of fitnessand whose company you enjoy. The better solution might be to find yourself an accountability buddy.

In this partnership, you and the other person dont have to be matched on any physical metric. You just have to share the goal of working out consistently, and keep each other on track. Weve discussed this concept before with regard to yourfinances andworking from home. Its the same idea with fitness.

It looks something like this: you and your friendor a small group of friendsagree on your goals moving forward, and how youll met them. Then you check in with each other regularly to make sure youre all sticking with what you planned.

This can be a simple check-in by text: I did my morning workout, did you? Or you and your friend can agree to do the same workout program. Maybe you set up a Zoom call and do your workouts at the same time. Or maybe you just both hit play on an exercise video at the same time and talk afterward about how it went. The important thing is that youre accountable to somebody. The two of you can encourage each other, and you know that if you dont do your part, youll be leaving them in the lurch.

It doesnt matter if theyre stronger or faster than you. Youll be connecting on a level of motivation and consistency, so pick somebody who will push you to do your best. That friend who is just a little better at getting up in the morning, perhaps?

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If you tend to talk yourself out of workouts, dont pair up with somebody who will just encourage your laziness. On the other hand, if you sometimes go a little too hard, pick somebody who will remind you of the importance of rest days rather than someone who will egg you on.

You might already be thinking of someone in your life who you might like to pair up with. But if nobody comes to mind, there are a few places you can start looking.

First, check fitness communities on places like Reddit (r/xxfitness and r/weightroom, for example, or find a group that caters to your favorite sport or activity). Sometimes people post in those groups asking for buddies or asking to form a small accountability group. You can also just start posting in the daily threads about what youre doing, and chances are youll start to make friends that way too.

Similarly, there are forums out there for every sport and pastime. Peloton allows people to find each other and form groups and friendships, for example. Search Facebook for your location and your favorite outdoor activity and youll find fellow trail runners or rock climbers or like-minded fans of whatever you love to do. Another option is to look for Discord servers where people discuss fitness or the specific sport youre interested in.

You can also use other social media platforms, like Instagram, to start posting about what you do and checking in with friends. Half the point of having an accountability buddy is that you have to decide what it is you want to do, and state those intentions out loud. The buddy is just an audience for you to speak to; your intentions and your commitment are really coming from within you.

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