Keep fit with a friend to help keep you motivated

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IF YOUR New Year’s Resolution is to do more exercise, you may need something to get you motivated.

And what better way of doing this than by joining forces with other people to get fitter together?

Forming local or friends-based fitness groups can make the difference between being more active and slumping on the sofa in front of the television.

Just as you would arrange to meet for a coffee or go to the cinema, making ‘appointments’ with your friends to exercise together means you are more likely to turn up and do it – because you don’t want to let them down, do you?

Once you’re all working out together, you’ll be amazed at how motivated you feel, and how much fun you have – and, with researchers finding that laughing boosts your calorific expenditure and heart rate by up to 20 per cent. This means you can have an even more effective workout!

Choose to exercise with friends whose goals and interests are similar to yours and who are willing to motivate you to do your best.

Give them permission to hassle you into getting out there and tell them not to take no for an answer.

Experts recommend that you get your heart rate up at least 30 minutes a day, on five days a week or more.

This means that you should feel warmer and be breathing faster, but still be able to chat – so while you are catching up on the latest gossip, you can also be burning off those kilocalories!

Build up steadily, perhaps starting with a walking or cycling programme, then progressing to jogging, a dance session or aerobics/circuit training in the gym.

Whatever you do, make sure that you add friends into the equation means you will be more likely to remain committed, motivated – and fitter – throughout the year.

It is so important in life to do a little more each day, than you think you possibly can.

Just remember: “The only thing that sat its way to success was a hen!”

Take care. Here’s to a more motivated, more active week.

Nan-Marie X