Cardio Concern: Letting a friend know you workout solo

by epi on October 26, 2012

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.

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Mariette's Back to Basics October 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Guess that trying to do problem-solving and thinking during a workout will be hard. Whatever you do good, you must concentrate on. Since this is during lunch break it must be a very limited time. During a walk or so, the time for thinking and problem-solving would be more beneficial. I would not tell my coworker that I prefer to work out solo. The place is open to anyone interested and you cannot work out and constantly talk either…


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