Chances are if you're a millenial this is a less familiar memory than those born the decade or two (or three) before, but nearly everyone remembers running, jumping, skipping and laughing on the neighbourhood playground or in your own (or one of your neighbour's) backyard. Some of us relished our time with our friends or just time outside of the house, but little did we know that what we were doing was inadvertently keeping our muscles and minds healthy and agile, and (for some) priming us for an active, healthful life. No matter how old you are, at least one of the four childhood games that almost always left you in a huffy, puffy sweat will bring back fun or funny memories.
If you have not tried it, chances are you've heard of it. Hot yoga. You know, the practice of meditation in various poses while in a temperature that's probably close to the feel of the tropics in normal conditions but conjures thoughts of the abyss when holding certain postures.
At least for those of us who aren't as flexible or durable as many others in the general population.
Sometimes we all need a little nudge from a buddy in our corner - some of us need a partner in these endeavours requiring long-term maintenance and support. A lot of times, it has to do with exercise. Having a gym partner works well for some people, but there are some things to think about before you call up your bestie or significant other and suggest training together. Here are a couple of those considerations you should bear in mind when choosing a gym buddy.