Workout Buddies: Why You Need One
Is changing your lifestyle turning out to be easier said than done? Who says you have to suffer alone and in silence? If you haven’t tried it yet, try working out with a partner. Chances are you aren’t the only one struggling to achieve your goal of a fit and healthy lifestyle. A workout buddy can be a friend, family member, significant other, co-worker; anyone you get along with and are comfortable around.
Need a little incentive? Here are some reasons on why having a workout buddy could be a great change and addition to your workout:
Push It: Whether it’s trying a class, kicking up the speed while running next to each other on the treadmill, or having a spot when you’re benching; having someone there can make huge difference. There’s something about being around other people who are working harder or as hard as you are, that pushes you to do better. Maybe a little friendly competition is what it takes to turn your spark into a flame in the midst of a workout.
Trying New Workouts: It gets easier to try new classes or machines when you aren’t the only beginner and/or if you have someone who can show you how it’s done. It can be intimidating to try something new at first because you don’t know what you’re doing yet. But, eventually it will get better. It can change from being uncomfortable, to a fun new experience you’ll both remember and hopefully want to try again.
Motivate Each Other: Strength and motivation may waiver from time to time, but it doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. Working out with someone can be beneficial because you can encourage each other to not give up. Offering someone inspiration to keep going when things gets tough can make a big impact on them and yourself as well. For more on partner motivation, visit here.
Time Flies: It’s easy for the clock to drag by when you’re by yourself. With a partner it doesn’t have to. Have you ever heard the saying, “time fly’s when you’re having fun”? This concept can apply to working out with someone. “When you’re able to chat with a workout partner and catch up on each other’s lives as you exercise, the time will fly by and become an occasion to which you can look forward.” Not to mention the free therapy session.
Get a Different Perspective: You may not always be aware of your form, or how well you’re doing. Having someone with you to point those things out can help you improve and prevent injury. “Your partner can view you more objectively and remind you of your progress so far. Having that validation can help bolster your self-esteem and keep your motivation levels high.”
On the other side of the coin, there could be some pitfalls. Here are some things to avoid when working out with a partner:
- Too much gossip or talking
- Becoming jealous or overly competitive
- Not interested or lacking interest in each other’s success
- Failing to meet up with your partner
- Offering no encouragement when talking to one another
If you think hitting the gym with someone will help you, give it a try! Be aware of what kind of workout buddy you want to work with and “how to be a fab fitness buddy” yourself to get you and your partner on the right track!
For a closer look on how working out with your significant other can benefit the both of you, click here.
Remember the purpose of having a workout buddy is to assist both of you in having a healthy, active lifestyle you both can enjoy. Keep it positive whether you’re in the gym, in a class or exercising outdoors.
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