Why you need a workout buddy
If you’re serious about your fitness plan you need a buddy on your team. Here’s why…
A few weeks into your fitness plan the inevitable excuses will start to creep in. You’ll tell yourself you’re too busy or too tired to keep your promise to exercise. This is where your buddy comes in. While it may be easy to let yourself down, it won’t be as easy to let your buddy down. When you know someone else is counting on you, you are more likely to show up.
No one wants to look like a slacker when there is an audience. Your buddy will serve as cheerleader and conscious, helping you push harder than you would on your own. Friendly competition will keep you both on your toes, so you build strength and stamina faster. You’ll also reach and surpass new fitness goals, keeping you both challenged and motivated.
Working out with a buddy is just more fun than going it alone. A little trash talk, a few laughs and the shared excitement of checking this latest fitness session off your to-do list will strengthen your bonds and your body.
Having a workout buddy will encourage you to try new things and get outside of your comfort zone. Variety with exercise is important because it helps you avoid overuse injuries, boosts overall fitness since you are exercising different muscle groups, and maintains your enthusiasm and interest. Feed your need for novelty with variety. When exercise is interesting you’re more likely to stick with it.
Maybe your local gym or the trainer you’ve been dying to work with has a special deal. Halve the cost and double the fun when your buddy joins you in the deal.
Whether you’re in the gym or on the road a buddy can help you stay safe. In the gym your buddy will help you maintain proper form or spot you during weight training. On the road, your buddy can be an extra pair of eyes and ears so you both steer clear of the dangers of outdoor exercise.
Two heads are better than one
Why workout with a buddy? Exercising with a buddy is an easy way to improve fitness outcomes. But, perhaps, more importantly, working out with a buddy fills your need for connection. Human beings need relationships and connection. We thrive when we feel we belong. Working out with a buddy isn’t only good for your body it is also good for your mind and spirit.