I frequently exercise alone and I like it a lot! I usually listen to my favorite music and get lost in my thoughts. Sometimes I think about a funny thing that happened recently or plan out my day. I don’t get very much alone time. My head is often crowded with mom thoughts (or worries)! Plus, I have two big chatter-bugs named Denny and Ellie that are always there to talk! (I think they just love to hear their own voices!)When I’m not working out alone I’m with family and friends. These are some of my favorite workouts, mostly because we always have fun! Like the time my husband and I were running so fast to try to beat an incoming storm! If I were by myself, that would not have been nearly as fun!
When I need to catch up with friends (like we haven’t talked in a month!) I would much rather go for a run and talk for an hour then go out to dinner, go shopping, or chat on the phone! I feel like I am getting so many things done at once! My running friends know this too and that’s why they offered to celebrate my birthday with a good run and ice cream!
It is a good time to catch up on each others lives plus get in a good workout. I have some of my fastest times running with others! Also, it is so much easier to actually talk and get into deep conversations… it is seriously better than therapy! I feel like I am closest to my running friends because of this.
Not all workouts are good for talking though. For example, it’s impossible to talk while swimming or while listening to a DVD workout, but sometimes it’s still better with people there! It’s easier to keep each other motivated and make sure we do our best! My sister and I race for our speed workouts in the pool. (She won 6 out of 7 last week…talk about a good workout!) While doing a DVD workout with my mom I always squat as low as I can and jump high on the burpees! It gives me that push to do my best! After the workout it is great to talk about it. I can talk about the workout I do with anyone, but if someone is there and doing it with me… they totally get it! That’s the best!
Another cool thing is working out alone but then sharing it with a group afterwards. This is the best of both worlds: I am alone with my thoughts and I can share with others! As a Beachbody Coach, I have created my own Running Focus Group and also participated in Challenge Groups that give motivation and a chance to share the highs and lows in everyday workouts. I actually feel like I’m not working out alone because I am still part of a group! I know I’m going to be sharing if I had a good or bad workout and I would much rather share a good one, so I always do my best!