One great way to stick to consistent physical activity is to have a friend join you. Over 80% of Americans do not get their recommended amount of exercise. However, having a friend join in on your exercise can be beneficial in order to help you reach your fitness goals and stay consistent. Why work out with a buddy?
When working out with a friend, you may find yourselves laughing and catching up on life. This way, you and your partner are enjoying yourselves while also getting a great workout in! By having fun, you will dread working out less and see it less of a chore, adding to your consistency.
Hold each other accountable.
Having a partner can help with holding each other accountable. If you feel unmotivated, your partner could be a great support system in getting you on the right track, and vice versa. By not wanting to let down your partner by skipping a workout session, the need to stay consistent increases.
It is completely understandable to not want to go for a walk or run alone if your workout environment is not the safest, but having a partner provides safety and comfort. In weightlifting, you and your partner can act as spotters for each other to ensure both of you have a safe and productive experience.
Celebrate the wins together!
Sometimes it feels way better having a friend celebrate your accomplishments with you. It’s even better if you and your partner share a common goal. For example, losing a few pounds before the summer, completing a 5k run, beating running times, etc. Enjoying successes together can make things fun and continue to motivate you both on your future goals.
Written by GUADs Summer intern Carla with contributions from www.internmountainhealthcare.com