Has your solo workout routine left you feeling bored with your fitness regimen? Do you feel like you're meeting your goals? If not, maybe the missing ingredient is a workout buddy to go through the motions with you. Why should you work out with a friend? We have five reasons to give it a try.
1. Keeps you motivated.
We all have that moment when we feel like we can't do one more squat, one more rep or run one more lap. Having a friend with you can help you keep your head in the game, pushing you forward when you feel like stopping. Feeding off their energy will keep yours up to power through.
2. Helps you stay safe.
There are many reasons having a partner with you can keep you safe. If you're out jogging at night or in averse weather conditions, they can be there if needed. When you're in the gym they can serve as a spotter to make sure you keep proper form and don't overexert yourself to the point of injury.
3. Holds you accountable.
Just as a workout buddy can keep you motivated, they can also hold you accountable to the goals you've set. When we train on our own, it can be easier to skip a session, leading to stalled results. Try signing up for a race or enrolling in a regular class together -- a little friendly competition can't hurt either.
4. Makes it more fun.
Working out can be stressful and bringing a friend along can help ease the tension and add a few laughs to your routine. Play your favorite songs or turn your routine into a game if you can and the time will fly by and you'll still get a solid workout in.
5. Strengthens your bond.
Spending time with your friends is a great way to reduce anxiety and is excellent for mental health. Spending time together regularly to train can help you maintain your relationship, which only gets harder as we age with greater work and family responsibilities. Having someone you can vent to when needed never hurts.
Next time you head out to the trail or to the gym, make sure to bring a friend along. You won't be sorry you did.