At the top of the list of things that can help motivate you is getting a good workout partner. A good workout partner is someone who is in similar physical condition as you. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be diabetic; however it would be helpful if they understand the condition and the limitations it places on you. In some cases it would be good if they were in better shape than you. This will give you someone to compare your progress against.
Benefit of a workout partner
They will encourage when you don’t feel like exercising. You can do meal plans together and discuss each other’s individual progress. They are a positive influence on you. Of course the same holds true in reverse. You must be a motivator for your workout partner when they need encouraging.
Your partner will be a huge boost to your overall fitness program. They will help you get the most benefits out of your efforts. You can set short-term and long-term fitness goals together.
If you are serious about reversing the complications of diabetes and improving your overall health, a partner is the one who will get you over the hump.
Finding a workout partner
It’s easy to find a partner. After you have started your exercise program you will begin to notice other people who are on the same level or better than you. Just start talking to them . . . ask them to spot you on a particular exercise or to show you how to use some of the machines or equipment in the gym. They can show you the best jogging paths in the neighborhood. Most people will be glad to accommodate.
Even if it’s just encouraging you to go to the gym or to do one more lap in the pool or to do five more sit-ups . . . a workout partner is an invaluable investment in your health.
While you are exercising together, socialization should be kept to a minimum since this will distract you. You can always BS afterwards, but while you are exercising your focus should be on the task at hand.
If you’ve exercised by yourself you will notice that sometimes it can become very boring and the time just seems to drag on. A good partner will help to make the time go faster.
Be careful to find a partner who is a positive influence on you and not someone who will drag you down. You should have each others best interest at heart. Don’t allow anyone into your circle who belittles you or doesn’t offer positive encouragement to you. This is the easiest route to failure.
I had two and sometimes three good partners who helped me to reach a level of fitness I would not have realized by my self. I urge you to get at least one good partner.
To a healthier you,