Q: I often enjoy exercising alone on my lunch break. Recently a coworker asked if she could join me. What I thought would be a one-time deal turned into her new routine. How can I politely tell her I prefer to work out solo?
A: Speak to her directly. Acknowledge the positive and say, “I’m glad you enjoy working out! My best problem-solving and thinking time is during my workout–so I hope you understand that on most days, I prefer to work out solo.” Offer to remain her workout buddy occasionally to keep the relationship cordial.