When it’s time to work out, you might prefer to just stay home, enjoy some extra sleep and indulge in an extra cup of coffee. You simply don’t feel motivated to get up and get moving. However, you can boost your excitement about exercising and keep yourself on track with fitness goals by looking for a workout partner. She will encourage you — and vice versa — to make the healthy decisions that you need to stay fit. Here are eight ways that exercising with a partner can keep your motivation level high.
Whether you’re indoors or outside, working out with a partner increases your safety. Some sports, such as hiking or swimming, should never be done alone as the danger is just too high. Your partner can even help you stay safe at a local women’s gym.
Let’s face it — exercising alone can feel, well — lonely. When you work out with a partner, you will enjoy the companionship of a friend and bond in a way that you might not have in the past. As you strengthen your friendship, exercise will be an added benefit to your relationship. In fact, studies show that loneliness can be as damaging to your health as smoking almost a pack of cigarettes a day.
3. Time Seems to Go More Quickly
When you enjoy the comradery of a friend during your workout, time seems to go more quickly. That makes your workout more enjoyable over all. And if you enjoy it, you are more likely to continue to work out. However, be careful that you don’t become too competitive with each other, which can be counterproductive.
4. Improved Results
Working out with a partner means that you will see increased results and likely see them more quickly. You will challenge each other, which means that you’ll likely work harder and longer, increasing the benefits of your work out.
We all have those days when we don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning, let alone hit the gym. A partner encourages you to keep going even when you don’t want to.
Similarly, your workout partner holds you accountable in the best way possible. You both know that you have someone who is depending on you to show up and to give it your best.
7. Meet Your Fitness Goals
Just as friends promote negative habits, they can also encourage positive habits. In this case, you will be more likely to meet your fitness goals if you work out with a partner at our women’s fitness boutique.
8. Have More Fun!
Eating a meal, watching a movie, taking a walk, attending school — nearly all these events are more enjoyable when you do them with a friend. Exercise is no different; you will have more fun if you work out with a partner.
If you are looking for a work out partner, sign up for one of our many great classes our local women’s gym. Not sure where to start? Try one or more of the following classes: body sculpt, barre above, a 30-minute core class and many more.