This is the time of year we all get distracted. Seasons are changing, holidays are around the corner and we don’t need much of an excuse to stop exercising.

If you don’t want to fall into this trap you might want to consider getting by with a little help from your friends.

For example, I’ve been teaching my Moving Freeâ strength conditioning class called Pumping the Primeä for about 10 years. It’s a big class and most of the women have been with me from the beginning.

And I have to say, though I would love to take all the credit, what seems to have happened is that these women come to share an experience with other women as much as they do for the fitness.

When I come into the studio to get ready to start the class, there are always several clusters of women chatting with one another. They’re gotten there early and staked out “their real estate” with their mats, weights and towels. They mostly ignore my presence until I take my designated place and speak my first word.

The chatting comes to a halt and you can hear a pin drop. As we go through our routine the banter starts to pick up and we laugh and comment our way through an otherwise pretty serious workout. At the end, the class disperses, fitness fulfilled, into small groups with lunch plans.

Clearly this is a community of women that get together not just for the fitness but also for the joy of interaction and the support that comes from sharing a common goal.

So if you are having trouble sticking with an exercise program try a class or get together with a friend or two take a walk or do an exercise video.

You may find you’ve started your own fitness club.

About the Author:

Mirabai can be reached at: Mirabai Holland M.F.A. is one of the leading authorities in the Health & Fitness industry, and public health activist who specializing in preventive and rehabilitative exercise for women. Her Moving Free® approach to exercise is designed to provide a movement experience so pleasant it doesn’t feel like work.

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