Getting back into my workout routine has become challenging. I used to workout 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. I had an older dog who required more of my time, especially in the morning. He passed away a few months ago but it’s still very difficult to get back into my workout routine.

In September, I’ll have a new puppy so I anticipate going outside for walks more often. It’ll take a while to build back up to my two miles a day – for me and for my 10-week old puppy.

During the interim, I’ve started working out with a friend. It all started when she recommended a yoga class. I was telling her my doctor advised practicing 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.

The facility we use has other classes available, such as pilates, spin, and stretching. Now we’re exploring other classes together.

We’re even considering taking our workout outdoors with cooler weather around the corner. There’s an outdoor bootcamp class offered once a week for six weeks. It’s 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. It also helps keep me consistent and motivated. If you need help getting back into or starting a workout routine, enlist a friend.

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Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of 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 spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. 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’.”