Author: Shannon Boyce
You’ve heard the saying: there is strength in numbers. Take a minute to apply that to your exercise routine and the saying is still true. Having someone to work out with (or several people) is essential. It’s true! Don’t believe it? Having a fitness buddy is important…and here are some of the reasons why:
It’s Easier To Have Fun
Going at it alone is fine and dandy. It may not always be fun, though. Having a friend or two with you is always a good thing. Whether you’re at a class or they are working beside you at the gym, a little company can make the process a lot more enjoyable. Instead of focusing completely on the effort of your workout, you can talk and catch up on recent events. Yes, just talking to your fitness buddy during your workout can help pass the time faster.
You Have Extra Motivation
Feel like you can’t possibly do another set of leg lifts? Your workout buddy may think differently. Another benefit of having someone to work out with is the extra motivation that comes along with it. Sometimes, it just feels nice to have someone in your corner, rooting you on! A few kind words can help you push past the pain. Even better is the fact that you can do the same for the other person. Between you and your fitness buddy, you’ll be motivating each other – and reaching your goals in no time.
There Is Always Someone To Be Accountable To
It’s a Saturday morning and the last thing you want to do is get out of bed and go for a run. If you were planning on going alone, chances are, you wouldn’t bother getting out of bed. Why leave the comfort of your bedroom to go work up a sweat? That is where having a workout buddy really helps. When you’ve made plans to go running or to a class or to the gym with someone else, it’s much harder to skip it. Why? You’ve got to explain to another person why you’re bailing on the workout. Being accountable to someone else makes you more likely to work out, plain and simple!
You Can Avoid a Workout Rut
Most people tend to do the same exercise routine over and over again. When you choose to work out with someone else, though, you get a fresh perspective. That can challenge you to make a change – and challenge your partner to as well. You can also show one another different ways to do a move or use their knowledge to try out a different machine. There are so many options. It’s all about making the most of their experiences to get out of your rut and try new things.
Sometimes, relying on other people is a good thing. To get in better shape and to stay motivated to workout, consider having a fitness buddy by your side. Between the two of you, it will be easier to break a sweat – and actually enjoy the experience.