Some people can get in a good workout on their own while others work better with a buddy. Exercising with a friend will keep the workout social and help you to not feel alone on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Consider some of these workout buddy ideas to help you to get moving toward your fitness goals.


The friend


The best way to choose a workout buddy in a friend is by finding someone who has the same mindset. If you're trying to lose weight, then try to find a pal with the same goal. Having similar goals will ensure you're on the same page with your workouts, diet, etc. Go for a long walk outdoors on the treadmill and get lost in conversation. You won't even realize you're burning calories. Take a Zumba class at a local gym or swap low-calorie recipes to keep each other motivated with fresh meal ideas.


The spouse


Committing to a healthy lifestyle for the long run can be much easier by getting the spouse on board. Prepare a healthy meal together instead of going out and plan a date that involves walking around for the day instead of sitting in front of the TV. Spousal support can make or break fitness goals for many people. Be sure to use positive reinforcement when commenting each other to point out everything they are doing right.


The kids


Kids make the best workout buddies since they never run out of energy. Spending quality time with your kids is a great way to sneak in exercise. Spend the day at the park playing soccer or hike a trail in the mountains. Also, get the kids involved with preparing a healthy meal since it will arm them with the ability to cook their own meals in the future. Leading by example is the best way to show children how to adopt an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, many young adults turn to fast food for meals since they picked up the habit from their parents.


The dog


Many people would agree that dogs are a mirror of their owner's lifestyle. If your pooch isn't moving, chances are you're growing one. Get moving by starting with a brisk neighborhood walk, then move on to a 30-minute power walk. The long-term goal would be to jog for one mile. Dogs that exercise regularly have more energy and fewer health issues.


Dustin Bogle is a personal trainer in the High Desert. Contact him at (760) 6462371 or online at www.TheFitnessBros.com.