It's difficult to keep in shape on the job when you feel like you have to go it alone. You don't. Just don't be overly selective. A workout partner isn't someone you're competing against -- or even someone who's on the same athletic level. Instead, think of your partner as a teammate who'll force you into doing something. Office workers often make the mistake of putting so much emphasis on their jobs that they ignore their fitness needs. A workout partner helps you keep your workout a priority [source: Norman].
In addition to helping you to stay on schedule, exercise partners at work can be a sounding board -- and a support network. Having a personal trainer is nice, but it can expensive. All you really need is someone to help keep you on track.
"You're accountable to somebody," said Donna Furse, a USA Triathlon certified Level 1 coach, a registered nurse and mother of four [source: Furse]. "You might be busy, or you might be tired, but you're accountable. Having a partner forces you to do the workout."
Again, you don't have to go overboard -- baby steps are OK.
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