Getting back into a workout routine was challenging.

By enlisting a friend, my motivation and consistency improved.

Schedule Change:

I used to work out for an hour every morning.

It was easy. I would roll out of bed and use my home gym.

But during the past year, my schedule changed. My aging dog required more time, especially in the morning.

Even though my dog passed away a few months ago, getting back into my workout routine is still challenging.

I anticipate going outside for walks more often once my new puppy arrives in September.

It’ll take a while to build back up to two miles a day – for me and my 10-week-old puppy.

Enlisting A Friend:

During the interim, I enlisted a friend for motivation.

It all started when she recommended a yoga class after I mentioned my doctor’s advice – practice yoga to relieve my neck pain caused by tension.

The week we talked, I actually had time to take the class she recommended.

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a class, so I was anxious.

The instructor was great – she explained everything easily. And the class had many other beginners, so I didn’t feel awkward.

It really was the perfect class for me.

Increased Motivation:

The facility we use offers other classes, such as Pilates, spin, and stretching. With our increased motivation, we’re now exploring other classes together.

We’re even considering taking our workout outdoors with cooler weather around the corner. An outdoor boot camp class is offered once a week for six weeks – a reasonable commitment.

We both have crazy schedules but have been able to motivate each other to attend at least two classes a week. It helps me add variety to what I’m doing at home.

If you need help getting back into or starting a workout routine, enlist a friend. Together, you will remain committed to the workout and motivated.

Stay PEF (positive, enthusiastic, and focused), and make 2023 your best year ever!

(Originally published August 25, 2017)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”