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4Y5A8179We all know that exercise is good for us. It can improve depression and anxiety, reduce the risk of many life-threatening diseases like diabetes, it lowers blood pressure, boosts mood, promotes better sleep, keeps the brain fit, and helps control weight. Therefore, you would think making the decision to exercise would be a no brainer. But it’s easy to make excuses and put things off to tomorrow. On days you’d rather sit on your couch, a friend can be the best motivator. Making plans to work out with a friend, immediately makes you accountable, as people don’t want to let their friends down.

Beyond accountability and motivation, there are many other benefits of working out with friends, it’s exercising as well as socializing! Friends can also add variety to your workouts. Maybe they suggest yoga or a boot camp, where as you offer running or a walk by the beach. A friend can encourage you to work harder, inspire you, and even be a spotter at the gym.

Once you’ve gotten your BFF to agree to a workout, now what? The key to exercising is to keep it regular and make it fun. It is recommended that you get 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day, or if you like more high intensity workouts, 20 minutes 3 days a week will do. Make sure to include flexibility and stretching into your routine. And at least 2 of your days should include muscle-strengthening activity since as we age we lose muscle mass. Choose activities both will enjoy; swimming, hiking, yoga, Pilates, a dance class, or spinning are just a few options in the endless amount of choices out there these days. Coming up with an excuse not to exercise just got a lot harder.

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