As a running coach and Director of Training Groups for Fleet Feet, you may think that I have a bias for group exercise when meeting a new goal or developing a fitness routine. Damn right I do! I have this job because of my bias. I truly believe that exercising with friends or a class minimizes challenge and maximizes the positive effects of getting fit. Whether you are meeting to swim at the Y, picking up your homey for yoga, signing up for running group to meet new friends or making a lunch date, then biking up the Swamp Rabbit to get there, it is better with your peeps. Old friends or new. Same pace or different. You will go farther, faster and more frequently!
A few years ago I ran into an old friend and we chatted about running. I mentioned wanting to qualify for Boston. He immediately said, “You need to come run with us!” (He ran with two of his friends. I knew that they were faster and ran more frequently than I did. But I showed up and they quickly (and selflessly) bought into getting me to Boston. At one point, I heard, “Quit spacing out, Boston’s not back there!” He was right. I needed to stick with them to get to Boston. So I did.
Whether you have a group or need to find one, do. It can be a class, or a friend, or two. But make an appointment. Google it! Text your granny! Get it done! People with regular fitness habits do not have more time in a day than others. They just created a habit. And a pact.