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Working out may seem like a daunting task to many. The idea of committing to a strict fitness regime and sweating profusely in front of strangers may be a huge turn off for many – leading us to shy away from leading a healthy lifestyle that we desire. Oh, also not forgetting the lack of willpower (we are only human after all) that often stands between you and your dream body.
But there is hope after all. A new research from the University of Aberdeen entitled “A new exercise partner is the key to exercising more”
1. You stay accountable & plan workouts ahead of time
Working out with a friend keeps you accountable – you’ve got to show up and bring it! Plus, you end up planning those workouts & penciling them into your calendar in advance. Being accountable and needing to show up for someone else also results in fewer skipped workouts (and more toning and trimming)!
2. You have someone to share your progress with
Great news are meant to be shared! What makes it even better is when your partner gets exactly how you feel when you’ve achieved the goals you’ve set out as they are entirely with you on this journey.
3. You push yourself past your comfort zone
Working out with a friend pushes you to give your workout everything you’ve got and push past your comfort zone – especially when your buddy has an edge on you. Your competitiveness will push you beyond your limit.
4. Discovering new experiences together
You read about the new barre class on the other side of town but the idea of making the journey, meeting new people and trying to hide your self-consciousness as you master new moves seems a bit overwhelming. Cue your exercise buddy. What starts out as a daunting fitness exercise can soon become a fun fitness outing for two, particularly if you plan to celebrate at that new coffee café after.
5. Builds trust and comfort
Besides the fact that lots of exercises require you to trust your buddy with your life (literally!), if you can stand seeing each other at your worst (sweat-stained and stinky) and still hang out after – you know you can rely on him/her to stick around.
6. You have more fun & recovery time means catch up time
Something to look forward to while working out with a buddy is the fun you’ll have together in class and the time you get afterwards to catch up. Use the buddy system as a time to connect with a friend, try a new class, and reward yourself afterwards.
Before you get started:
The following partner exercises take two people to do. Use each other as resistance and also support in these exercises.