You’ve decided to get into shape. It won’t be easy, and there’ll be days you just don’t feel like working out. Want to know the secret to a successful plan? Work out with a friend.
Statistics show having someone who shares in your health and fitness goals will make your journey more successful.
It’s important to choose the right person. You might select a friend or co-worker. A spouse or family member could offer a good fit, too. When you’re working toward similar goals in your household, it’s easier to make time to exercise as well as create a healthier environment at mealtimes.
Here are five reasons you’ll enjoy more success getting in shape when you do it with a friend:
Accountability: A friend will help you get going and keep exercising on a consistent basis. No more lame excuses why you can’t work out. A good friend knows all your excuses, and they won’t work. This is why people who participate in group exercise have more consistent workout routines.
Motivation: A friend can offer encouragement to keep you going. If losing weight is a key goal, you could encounter times where you become frustrated and want to quit. An exercise buddy will help put things in perspective. There might be times when you just aren’t feeling up to working out, and they can help pump up your enthusiasm and remind you why you’re doing this.
You push each other: A training partner can push your limits. They create a challenge and help you work harder than if you worked out alone. How about a burpee challenge? Who can do the most? There’s nothing better than a little friendly competition when it comes to exercise. Remember, though, you might be at different levels than your partner, and keeping track of how you’re doing and improving is the key.
Sharing information: As they say, two heads are better than one. Think of how many more things you could learn. Maybe it’s a new exercise class, fitness tips or healthy recipes. Share music that inspires you. Your friend also can serve as a sounding board. Talk about what’s working and how you might benefit.
Fun: Working out with a friend offers a lot more fun than working out alone. It can be a time to work hard, catch up on each other’s lives and even get silly and laugh together. Exercise might not always be fun. But when you combine the social aspect, you open up a whole new world.
Pick whoever you want for your exercise buddy just as long as they’ll make you a better person. Choose a person you want to be around and who has your best interests at heart. Then prepare to share in the challenges and successes.