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?