Alright guys! So you’re looking to ramp up your workouts or maybe you’re looking to start working out consistently, so what do you do?
That’s right – Partner Up! Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or looking for a way to change up your routine, having a partner will benefit you in many ways!
1. Having a partner increases motivation and accountability.
Your workout buddy is someone that knows you and your personality. Therefore, they know how to push you to work harder, finish that last rep, or try something new. In addition, since you’re both working out together, you don’t want to disappoint them by not showing up for a workout. So there’s that extra motivation not to miss a workout. That’s why finding a friend or family member that wants to get in better shape is a valuable tool in starting an exercise routine.
2. Swapping healthy recipes with each other.
Obviously, eating healthy is a major part of any healthy lifestyle. Think you know the best way to cook broccoli or incorporate spinach into a meal? I’m sure a friend might disagree. Finding and teaching each other new ways to prepare healthy dishes gives you variation in your diet. It can help to open you up to trying a new food that you might not be familiar with or choose in your own diet. Now, you may not like what your friend shows you, but at least you can say you tried it now.
3. You get a little friendly competition!
Ok, this may not be true for everyone, but sometimes friends or family just have to try and outdo each other when it comes to exercise. As long as it’s friendly, there’s nothing wrong with a little competition in the gym. In fact, a study by Kansas State University found that people that exercised with someone they “perceived as better increased their intensity and workout time by as much as 200 percent.” That’s awesome! So who wants to find that friend and head into the gym now?
4. Your friends will be more fit along with you!
I know that sounds weird, but it’s pretty accurate. If you can get your friends to be your workout buddy, there’s a chance that you’ll have a healthier group of friends. According to researchers at Harvard University, obesity can become “contagious” because it spreads like an infectious disease. The experts found that a person’s risk of becoming obese rises by two percent for every five obese social contacts they have. It’s also true in reverse, so take your friends with you to the gym!
“A buddy will keep you honest and add a dimension of fun to your workout.” – Bill Toomey