Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Workout Loner

I'm a workout loner. I want to pound through my workout with only my Ensign magazine and my thoughts as company. I'm cordial to those who speak to me and sometimes even stop for a few minutes and chat but for the most part there's a sign in my eyes that reads, "Let me get my workout done and get home to my babies, please."

I wasn't always a recluse. Years ago I taught aerobics classes and couldn't run over a mile without someone to chat with. More recently, I organized groups of women to exercise with. We had a fabulous time and it was very rewarding to help them reach their fitness goals, but it all fell apart when I had my last son.

This morning a guy at the gym asked me, "When are you going to resurrect your workout group?" I didn't know what to say. Should I tell him that I miss my workout pals but it's sure easy coming to the gym whenever I can make it work with my husband and boys' schedules. Should I tell him that the group was very motivating but sometimes it was stressful to make sure everyone was working hard and using proper form and having a good time? Should I tell him that maybe I've just become lazy and selfish and only want to worry about me for a minute? I said, "I know, I miss my friends." And I do. Maybe I'll stop being so selfish, send out a text inviting my workout buddies to join me again, and stop being a workout loner.

What about you? Do you workout alone, with a buddy, or do you have a whole group of fun friends to motivate you?

5 comments:

  1. I'm a work out loner for sure! I'd rather only be accountable to myself and not have to worry if other people can't come or plan around their schedules too and then skip workouts because it didn't work with everyone or anyone else!

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  2. I am both. I like to work out with people because it is very motivating. If someone is there waiting for me then I am more likely to go. I also like to swim and I would rather swim with people I know then with strangers. However, sometimes I feel like I get a better workout by myself, and sometimes I feel held back, or that I am holding others back.

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  3. Great points Kristen and Sarah. Sometimes I feel it's just seasons of my life. Soon I'll be looking for a buddy but right now I just want to workout hard and quick and get home.
    Thanks for stopping by,
    Cami

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  4. I'm both and I used to be more of an organizer but now I'm more of a participator when I workout with groups. I'm with you, I just don't have the time and energy to pull it together and while I love multitasking a social life with my fitness since having kids, more often than not, I gotta just go getter done! But if someone invites me along and I can make it work, I'm there!

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  5. I agree, Kara. I really do like to be social but I must be getting lazy in my old age!
    Thanks for stopping by,
    Cami

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