Lunden Souza: Everyone needs a gym buddy

Support system vital to success in any routine

August 10, 2013 

Even though I love my job and everything it entails, not everyone understands it.

For some, waking up early, working out, eating healthy 90 percent of the time and constantly thinking about health and fitness can be just a little bit too much to swallow for some people. But I love it.

This week I'm in Los Angeles at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, where trainers and group instructors come from all over the world to learn the latest in fitness and nutrition. More importantly, they also get to be surrounded by others who love the same thing.

It is reassuring to come to these events and find thousands of people with the same mind-set I have. It is refreshing, motivating and exciting.

Not everyone is a health and fitness professional, but everyone needs a certain degree of health and fitness in their lifestyle — bottom line.

Even if you do have tons of will power on your own, having a supportive friend or a support team is going to be vital to your overall success when it comes to your health and fitness.

When you have a bad day, didn't sleep so well the night before or are really sore from a workout, it is great to be able to share that with someone, someone who can pump you up on those days and help keep you motivated.

This week I want you to look around you. Who do you have that supports your health and fitness goals? This can be a family member, a close friend, a significant other or even a group at the gym.

If you are consistent and go to the gym or a group class each week, you will see others that do the same. It is awesome to walk into a spin class, for example, and see some familiar faces. These people can become your "gym buddies." Besides sharing the pain, they help hold each other accountable when someone does not show up for class or needs some extra motivation.

Even though health and fitness is specific to each person, everyone needs a support system. Even if you can only think of one person who really supports you in your commitment to fitness, embrace it and tell that person you are thankful for their support and motivation.

If you notice there is someone at the gym or in your group fitness class who has been struggling with motivation, make it a point to tell them you are there to support them and are motivated by their determination.

This week we are all in it to win it — together.

Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach and writer in Southern California. She can be reached at

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