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Three Traits to Consider In Your Fit Friends

Posted Apr 20 2013 12:00am

by Kara Douglass Thom

Ultimately self-motivation is what drives us to accomplish our goals, but the journey is often more enjoyable with a little help from our friends. In Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom, (Andrews McMeel 2011) Secret #4 is “People Can Sabotage Your Fitness Faster Than a Cookie Binge.” Truly, the effort to get and stay fit can be a struggle if the people you’re close to peck away at your priority to be healthy (all it takes is an eye roll when you announce you’re headed to the gym or a co-worker who brings a box of donuts to your meeting). But the opposite of that is true, as well. With the right support, living a fit life becomes second nature.

Finding people to workout with you can set you up for success. What should you look for in a workout partner? Here are traits I believe make sharing the sweat a success.

This guest post comes from Kara Douglass Thom, a triathlete, freelance writer and mother of four. She and Laurie Kocanda are the co-authors of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom .

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