Everyone has probably told themselves at some stage of their lives that they should exercise more or to live a more active lifestyle. However, only a minority of people actually end up doing it. It’s easy to just say or think this, or even join a gym to feel like you’re moving in the right direction. This may work for a short while. In the longer term however, you may not follow through with the resolution once your schedule gets a lot busier.
One of the best ways to motivate yourself is to have a work-out buddy or to join a group that exercises together. Cancelling plans with yourself is a lot easier than letting down a friend who has already shown up in the gym, or a group that expects your attendance.
In addition, working out with other people makes exercising more fun, interactive and less daunting. Call your friends and rope your family members into a group exercise session so that you can spend quality time with them while keeping fit.
For those looking to join existing groups, there is no shortage. You can do a quick search online or look through some of the ideas championed by the Health Promotion Board. Alternatively, AIA Vitality members can simply download the AIA Vitality Weekly Challenge app and earn weekly team rewards by participating in the Group Challenge.