What does one do when those long runs on the treadmill become drudgery and you suddenly realize that those stimulating conversations with your trainer just are not so stimulating?
When sticking to an on-your-own workout, a change of scenery, a little camaraderie or a new diversion may be all you need to stay motivated.
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If what you are seeking is a ski group or round robin tennis partner look no further. There are a myriad of services invading the online space that quickly and easily match and introduce workout friends to each other based on activity, skill level, age, location and personality. While it may seem a little hokey it is worth checking out Fitnessbuddies.com, Exercisefriends.com and Athleticmeet.com.
When the tube and tunes get tiresome consider checking into audible.com where you can download audio books, newspapers, magazines and language instruction directly to your iPod. Jonathan Kowit, Senior Vice President at Audible.com, says "People can learn a whole new language by using the empty time in their work out and filling it with productive learning." So brush up on your Spanish; keep up-to-date with current affairs or get a taste of the literary classic you pledged to read back in college while getting in shape.