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Does Your Colleague Make a Good Travel Workout Partner?

If you are committed to hitting the gym when you’re on the road, you might benefit from finding a workout partner. It might seem that a natural fit would be a business colleague, but remember, just because someone might make a good travel companion doesn’t mean they’ll be a match in regards to exercise. Enlisting someone to exercise with you can have tons of benefits, but the person you choose should possess certain qualities to ensure the “partnership” is successful. Here are some of the key characteristics to look for in a good travel workout partner:

  1. Commitment: A lot of people have good intentions about exercise and about ‘Buddying Up’.  At the same time, a lot of people can be a lot of talk with very little action.  A good travel workout partner will stay committed to your buddyship and will be as invested in the partnership as you are.
  2. Likes to Challenge and to be Challenged: The worst thing you can do, is buddy up with someone who really likes the status quo.  If your colleague isn’t interested in challenging themselves, there is a good chance they aren’t going to challenge you either.  You want someone who is not afraid to raise their heart rate or or to pump out one more repetition during a set…and for that matter to push you to do the same.
  3. Likes to Try New Things: A little creativity goes a long way.  A good travel workout partner will be interested in trying new things. They may push you to try a new class at a gym or go on a run instead of a walk or rent bicycles after work. Finding new activities to enjoy with one another is a great way to keep your workouts interesting and fun, not to mention to help you see continuous results.
  4. Dependable: A good travel workout partner won’t flake out or cancel on you (except for on the rare occasion). They won’t continually stay late at the client site without informing you…or oversleep in the hotel. Further, they won’t find every excuse in the book as to why they can’t get to the gym with you.  Make sure the person you choose is dependable.
  5. Shares Responsibility: A good travel workout partner won’t rely on you 80% of the time while you rely on them only 20% of the time. You want to make sure you choose someone who takes responsibility and takes their role as a workout partner seriously. Further, your partnership is about both of you. You want to ensure that both of your goals, both of your challenges and both of your workouts are considered. Your workout partner should care about your success as as much they care about their own.
  6. Safety First: A good travel workout buddy will care about proper form and doing things safely.  Being detailed and meticulous about form is important to ensure you stay injury free and maximize the time you invest.

So now that you know what makes a good travel workout partner, it might be safe to say that your business colleague won’t necessarily fit the bill. So what do you do? Luckily, there are some great online resources to help individuals find workout partners in their area or in the area where they are traveling. Here are a few to try:

Have you found a good travel workout partner? Was it your business colleague or someone else? 

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