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Lacking motivation? It’s time to phone a friend

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We have all heard the statistics. We're not moving as much as we should be and this is contributing to the rise in chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

 

But what's going wrong? What's stopping us from getting up and moving? We know some common barriers include:

-          Lack of time

-          Shame

-          Fear of exercise

-          Not knowing what exercise to do

-          The weather

-          Cultural barriers

-          Lack of social support

 

While all these factors play an important role in getting us moving, it ultimately comes down to one thing; our motivation to make a change. 

 

So while you may not be able to control the weather, you can make positive and practical changes to help increase your motivation. The million dollar question is - how?

 

Accredited Exercise Physiologist Kathryn Kirchner suggests to 'focus on the reasons why exercise will benefit you and remind yourself of these things daily. Get some help from an exercise physiologist to help you problem solve around your barriers or education around the right exercises if you have an injury, or are just starting to get back into your exercise.'

 

'The next best thing you can do is encourage a friend or colleague to join you. Studies have shown one of the ways to enhance participation in exercise programs (or physical activity in general) are exercise buddies'. 'They make all the difference!' Kathryn says. This is especially useful for women, who are less likely to begin or stick to an exercise program when compared to men.

 

'Women are more likely to stick with exercise if they are part of a small group guided by a trainer. They are motivated by the social connections they make with their peers but also the relationship they build with the trainer'.

 

An exercise buddy can be worth their weight in gold!  So the next time you are flying solo, think about buddying up with your BFF or a friend who makes you smile.  We guarantee it will help boost your motivation and make the exercise more fun!

 

Editor's note:

Here's the science. Read more on exercise studies and motivation by following the links below.

https://theconversation.com/for-older-women-exercise-buddies-make-all-the-difference-40416

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743504002026

https://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2009/09/30/heapro.dap031.full

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issueS/2004/oct/pdf/04_0028.pdf