There’s something about having an exercise partner. On one hand, I don’t like it. I like to do my own thing, at my own pace. But that’s the thing. Left to my own pace, that pace will be slower. When I run in an event or in a group, I run faster than I do when I’m on my own. When I don’t have a commitment to someone else, I am just that little bit more likely to stay on the sofa. It’s a peer pressure kind of thing.
I’ve recently joined a lunchtime running club at work. Like many of us who work in offices, I rarely take a lunch break. Most days, you will find me eating a sandwich at my desk whilst scrolling Twitter. But when there is someone counting on you, you go.
There’s just a couple of us. It’s a chatty, not too hard-core kind of thing. It gets me moving, even if it does mean that some of my colleagues inevitably see me in lycra (sorry about that). We do laps of the local park. At this time of year its cold and muddy and wet and I like it. Running with someone else makes me run longer and faster than I would if I was on my own.
So if you need a little more motivation, if you need that extra push, find someone to exercise with. There’s power in the many.