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Find an exercise partner

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A physical activity buddy can help you stay active by making the time more fun and encouraging you to stick to your routine. Research suggests people may be more successful losing weight through physical activity when they have buddies or support partners59.

How to Find an Physical Activity Partner

  • Look for people who also want to be more active and whose company you enjoy.
    • Consider friends, neighbors, family members, or others you like to be with.
  • Try to find a partner whose fitness level is similar to yours, so you can keep each other challenged.
  • Work together to figure out which types of activities, locations, and times work for you both.
  • Motivate each other and stay committed to your physical activity goals.
  • Have a backup plan in case you're not able to meet with your partner.
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Kids tend to be more physically active if their best friends are active, too.