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3 Reasons to do Fitness Together

A key to sticking to a fitness plan and getting fit is to do fitness together.  Having an accountability partner has been shown to be a key to overall sustained health and fitness.

Do Fitness Together

We were never meant to do life on our own.  Back at Creation in Genesis,  God said it wasn’t good that man should be alone.  When God ordered Noah to build the ark, He told him to take TWO of every kind of animal along for the ride 🙂  I believe our fitness journey is no different.  We need a friend, a community to do this fit life with.  We are better if we do fitness together.  

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I have been blessed to be a part of some great groups of people who have supported and encouraged me along the way.  

3 main reasons to do fitness together

  1. Accountability – Especially if you’re just beginning on your fitness journey, it’s good to have someone to check in with.  Our running group has 3 meeting times each week, and we even take attendance.  That keeps us accountable.  Or you may have a training partner that’s expecting you at the gym at 5:30AM.  You’re not going to want to leave them standing!  Accountability helps you stick with it and make it a habit.  It keeps you honest!
  2. Support and Encouragement – When things get tough, it’s easier to keep going when someone is cheering us along.  It’s nice to have friends along the course when we’re running a big race or texts from someone saying “Good luck” or “Great job”.   
  3. Stretch and Grow – When you’re with other people, you just work harder.  You go farther or faster than you would on your own.  When you’re checking in with an online group about your daily food intake, you’re more apt to follow your plan knowing others are doing the same.  You’re just able to do more than you ever thought you could, because you have the courage to do it.  

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I always thought I was just fine on my own when it came to my running and to my weight management.  I liked my solo runs, and I’ve counted calories and thought I knew everything I needed to know about nutrition.  But I was so wrong.  When I finally stepped out of my comfort zone and joined Shelby Roadrunners over 10 years ago, I realized how neat it was to have a “fitness family”.  They held me accountable.  They wanted to know where I was when I didn’t show up.  When I first started running, I felt like I was just chasing them.  But as time went on, I got stronger and faster.  I’ve run times and distances I never would have had I not joined the group.  

When I decided to sign up with a coach and an online community of women who wanted to focus on faith and fitness, I realized I still had a lot to learn about my motivations and priorities.  I grew stronger in my faith and learned about proper nutrition.  I became vulnerable about my struggles and found acceptance and encouragement.  

I Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to “comfort each other and edify one another”.  And Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages us to “stir up love and good works….assemble together….and exhort one another.”  

We were created for community.  We need each other.  My running community and my online girls and my “Fit & Free” friends are really family to me.  I can’t imagine doing life without them.  

 

I’d love to hear from you…

Come over to my Facebook page and tag a friend who holds you accountable.

If you don’t have a fitness family, I’d love for you to join this tribe.  Sign up for my weekly email where you will get tips and insights as well as motivation on your faith and fitness journey.  Email me if you have questions!  I’d love to hear from you.

Why Her Plan Won’t Work for You

But isn’t it so much easier to just do the plan that worked for your friend or your co-worker or that girl on social media?

 

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Keep your eyes on your own paper.

I’ve written about this before.  To be sure, it is a foundation to my beliefs and my coaching, and I feel like it is time to revisit it.  So how do we deal with disappointment and frustration when it doesn’t seem like our plan is working?

Jump on the latest bandwagon that’s going by?  Follow the plan that your friend started back in January?

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Self-Care: Taking Care of You is Taking Care of Them

Self-care?  But that’s selfish, right?  I’m a mom and a wife.  Time for me.  Not a chance.

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Taking care of you is taking care of them.  

 

“Do you not know that your body is a temple?”  (I Corinthians 6:19)  It’s straight from scripture.  Our bodies, yes the body you’re living in whether you’re happy with it or not, IS a temple.  

The first question is “have you asked Christ to take up residence there?”  This is the most important decision you will ever make.  It is your number one priority in life.  

But then after that, we must care for this temple.  We must be a good steward of what we’ve been given.  We must keep it clean and in good working condition.  How do we do that?  We must care for it.  

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