Goal Setting Tools: Create Your Team
One of the strategies that I have found to be invaluable is the power created by training with a buddy or a group. There are lots of reasons for this but one of the most profound is built in accountability. 
  • This can support shared goals, and an added element of fun. Further, if your highly competitive having another person or a team to push you can make a huge difference in performance. The concept of training with a buddy or team has taken on new meaning with social media and the option of creating secret groups online that can help to keep all members of the group on track.
This idea can also be used as a way to connect with friends and family.
  • Having a mutual goal that is inspiring is one way to bring people closer together and it is a creative another way to spend time together. Sometimes our schedules are so busy or sporadic that making time for a buddy or training with a group is a challenge.

I have to admit that for the most part I train alone only because it is what makes sense for me time-wise. That said about once I week I do get together with someone else and am reminded that my fitness routine is more balanced when I share nature and an activity with someone.

I realize that for some of use our workout times are opportunities to be alone which can be rejuvenating and sometimes the fitness activity we are engaged in involves a group of people that you may or may not interact with.These times are valuable so the trick is to gauge balance, benefits and outcomes when it comes to training alone or with a group.  My suggestion is to explore all the above and see what works for you as well as being open to different variations based on your available time, emotional state and fitness/health goals. I can recall that when I was training at a very high level it was necessary to train with others part of the time in order to push myself and to get an accurate picture of my progress or lack there of.

In support of your program and what keeps you inspired, engaged and on track.
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In support,
Laurie Bagley MS in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, is a mother,  ACE certified health coach, ACE certified group fitness instructor, entrepreneurial business owner and teacher. Her businesses, Health Pure Living and Strong Bodies Strong Individuals, focus on assisting people reach their health/wellness/fitness and financial goals. She is also the 6th woman to summit Mt. Everest from the North Col route.
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