Ever since I started going to college, I joined the world of fitness and exercise to support my healthy lifestyle. I'll let you in on one little secret: I was terrified of going to the gym by myself. It was a difficult habit to pick up because exercise was completely new for me. Fortunately for me, I had (and still have) a group of friends that I can always rely on to exercise with me. All of us began at the same level: this was important because it provided an additional layer of support and understanding. Although each one of us has different goals, that doesn't come between us. Rather, we encourage and help each other to attain these goals every time we're at the gym.
My fitness journey before college: zero support
Having somebody who supports you when you have a goal is crucial. It can make the difference between you taking the initiative to go to the gym, or deciding to forego exercise.
Before college, I tried and tried to stick to a consistent workout regimen. These attempts all resulted in failure and I didn't know what I was lacking. I thought I was motivated enough but unfortunately, I was wrong. I went running by myself when I had the time, and I even tried to set up a running routine with friends in my hometown, but we ended up giving up not only because of the bad weather, but also because we were at different stages in our fitness journeys. I thought I would never be able to exercise properly, so I felt completely discouraged.
My fitness journey during college: tons of support
Once college began, I found what I was looking for: a cheery group of good friends who eventually became my workout partners. I even persuaded some of them to create PumpUp accounts with me! (@cristononstop and @pau_am2)
We plan to meet in our residence's gym a few days a week and do PumpUp workouts as well as a bit of extra cardio. We have been doing this since September 2014 and we've already noticed palpable changes: not only do we feel happier overall, but we're also more active in general because we keep each other accountable.
I can't stress enough how important good company is when it comes to finding motivation. If you think that you're lacking something in your workout routine but you don't know what it is, you might consider finding a bunch of good friends to do exercise with. They'll support you as you #MarchToYourDream and they'll make you feel ready to pursue a healthier lifestyle with confidence.
This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), PumpUp blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel