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Faisal Abdalla: Grab a Workout Buddy

Make your personal fitness journey more enjoyable by doing it with friends.

Everyone has their own approach to building a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). However, that doesn’t mean you have to build it alone. One-on-one or in a group, I am a firm believer that this journey is better with others. So, whether you’re training for your first 5K or looking to take your regular fitness routine to the next level, go ahead and grab a buddy!

Finding a workout buddy can come in different forms:

A friend who is on the same workout journey as you. If you have a friend who is on a similar journey, set up regular calls or a group message to motivate each other. Better yet, forget about Sunday Funday and set up a “Social Saturday”, where you get active and have some laughs with a mate.

Someone who inspires you to take it to the next level. There are people all around you who can inject some PMA into your life. Maybe it’s your triathlete brother, or your co-worker who committed to losing weight and succeeded. Seek out those people who have a PMA that radiates throughout their lives and lean on them for support and inspiration.

A training diary. Okay, okay, a diary is not a person. Even so, it can be your buddy. A training diary shows you the small achievements that you should be celebrating. More importantly, a diary will help keep you honest—as all friends should.

People to share healthy meals with. You can’t just hit the gym and expect to see amazing results straight away; you’ve also got to feed your body the right food. Find people who want to enjoy a healthy meal together. Find fun places to dine out or—better yet—set aside an evening to cook together. People who want to share tasty, healthy meals are just as important as your workout buddies.

Support on social media. If you open up Facebook or Instagram and it only makes you feel bad, shut it down. Seriously, just delete the app. If you can block out the negativity, social media can become a place where you can find inspiration. I love sharing my own motivation on Instagram (@faisalpmafitness) and there are plenty of other health and fitness groups on social media that will support you, rather than undermine you.


Faisal Abdalla: Grab a Workout Buddy

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