For us, there are four ingredients that drive motivation:
- Positive peer pressure
In the beginning, we always texted to confirm the time of the next workout. Later, we scheduled repeating appointments. This shifted our mindset from, “If I am free and don’t have better things to do, then I work out,” to, “At 6:30 p.m., I am busy working out.”
Another advantage of scheduled appointments is that everyone is on the same page. The key point is that, even if there is no confirmation via text, I know that at 6:30 p.m. my peers will be there working out. Otherwise, they will let me know in advance that they can’t make the appointment.
Our week looks like this:
- Monday: 5k run in the morning
- Tuesday: Workout (meetup)
- Wednesday: 5k run in the morning
- Thursday: Workout (meetup)
- Friday: 5k run in the morning (optional)
- Saturday or Sunday: Workout or some other kind of sport activity
I live in Charlottenburg and my peers lived in Prenzlauer Berg. We do the running on our own to save some time before work. We use Strava to track each other’s progress.