A. Catherine Noon here, wishing you a Happy New Year! At this time of year, it’s common to set new goals and resolutions. But why do it by yourself? Get a buddy!
What’s a “body buddy?”
It’s a friend with whom you share goals, inspiration, and accountability. That’s all. It doesn’t have to be any more formal than that. They don’t even need to be in the same city, thanks to the wonders of the modern internet. My body buddy, for example, lives in Salt Lake and I live in Chicago. We check in with each other regularly and share emails and phone calls for encouragement.
The biggest key to changing our relationship with our bodies is small, incremental changes that are sustainable. This is the place where, as buddies, we can truly help each other change. It’s common that our motivation lags, but it’s less likely that you and your buddy’s will flag at the same time. Take advantage of that, and make a commitment to keep working.
One pro-tip: use the “sandwich” technique, either a call or an email. You send your buddy your intention: “I’m going to the gym tonight.” After you go, you send a note, “Hey, I did it! I went to the gym!” Their job is to cheer you on – even a simple, well-placed “Yay!” can do wonders.
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s a quality you’d look for in a body buddy?
– E.E. Cummings
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