Studies show that working out with a partner has many benefits. Ultimately, it can help you have better success in reaching your goals faster. Whether you are trying to get healthier, lose weight, tone or lift your mood, working out with a friend is much better than doing it solo. Today we’re sharing 8 reasons to get a workout buddy to help keep your fitness goals on track.
Accountability: Setting fitness goals is terrific, but having a workout buddy help keep you accountable to your goals is even better. Once you tell someone your goal, it is more real and you’ll feel more inclined to work towards achievement. Your workout buddy will also help remind you of your goals to ensure you stay on the right path. Also, when you have a workout buddy that is depending on you, you’ll be less likely to skip workouts or go easy on yourself. A workout buddy requires you to make a plan and stick to it.
Fun: Working out alone can be boring and losing interest is a fast way to fall off your routine. Having a workout buddy makes exercising more fun. You get to hang out with your friend while checking off your daily workout. Even if your exercise isn’t conducive to chit-chat or you’re too out of breath to have a conversation, just being with a buddy is more fun than being by yourself.
Motivation: Everyone goes through ups and downs when trying to achieve fitness goals. You may start out strong but lose motivation. A workout buddy can help lift your spirits when you need a boost. Seeing your friend work as hard as you can be just the motivation you need to stick to it and achieve your goals.
Safety: Working out with a partner is safer than exercising alone. A workout buddy can help ensure you have proper form when doing exercises and is on the scene to help if you have an injury. You’ll always have a spotter for weight lifting, someone to hold your feet for sit-ups and you’ll never be out by yourself on a late night jog. There is safety in numbers, especially when it comes to working out.
Competition: Healthy competition can help you work harder to achieve your goals. If your workout buddy is experiencing better results, you’ll probably push yourself a bit more to try to achieve the same success. Even small daily competitions such as racing to a finish line, doing more reps or reaching a higher intensity can be helpful in making a difference towards your goals.
Support: With a workout buddy you’ll always have a cheerleader by your side. On those rough days when you don’t think you can take another step, your workout buddy will encourage and support you through it. When you cannot believe in yourself, your workout buddy will!
Variety: Your partner will bring different skills and interests to your workout regimen. Together you can try new exercise classes, sports and workout activities. You may not have been adventurous enough to try belly dancing or mountain climbing on your own, but with your workout buddy, you may be more likely to give them a go.
Cheaper: You and your workout buddy can split the cost of equipment and even hire a trainer together. These items and services can add up but going halvies can make the bill more tolerable.
Get your fitness goals in gear with a workout buddy this summer!