More often than not, when people are in search of tips on how best to adopt a healthy lifestyle, one of the top pieces of advice given is to join groups of others. Whether it is running groups, cycling groups or what have you, there seems to be an overwhelming amount of people who feel that they need the company of others in order to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I agree that it is often beneficial to train with others for both social and exercise benefits but it is also important to realize that no matter how many people we surround ourselves with, it is ultimately up to each individual to handle their fit business!
What about the days when the group doesn’t meet? What about the days when your lifting/exercise partner or trainer can’t make a workout? Do you still push forward and complete your workouts or do you not exercise because you don’t have anyone to train with?
These are all important questions to ask yourself when determining if you have truly adopted a healthy lifestyle. If you have mentally checked out and convinced yourself that you need the company of others in order to exercise, you still have some more work to do my friend!
When you have truly “arrived” in the world of fitness, you exercise when the weather isn’t perfect, you can exercise alone with nobody looking, nobody encouraging you or helping you push forward….just you!
On those days when you don’t feel like working out or when you are sore from the workout the day before, what are you going to do if nobody is there to encourage you to get off the couch and do your training?
It is important to make sure that in the absence of others you can still push forward toward your goals. There is absolutely nothing wrong if you like the company of others while training but don’t forget the power of training alone. I am not a loner or recluse and I do have a network of great people who I train with from time to time but I prefer to train alone.
I have found that the amount of knowledge gained and consistency achieved is much greater than that of training with others, not to mention my low tolerance for all of the drama and irrelevant chatter that can often accompany group training.
I think training with others has many benefits but don’t forget that when it all comes down to it, everything comes down to you , so make sure that your training incorporates “solo time” to solidify that inner athlete within you!