6 Benefits of Working Out with Someone Else

Getting a workout buddy helps you stay motivated, promotes healthy competition and makes your average gym session fun
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Exercising alone can be boring, it’s much harder to motivate yourself to go to the gym when, well, you’re just going by yourself. Working out with someone else provides the encouragement you need to get off of your couch and head to the gym.

Getting a workout buddy helps you stay motivated, promotes healthy competition and makes your average gym session so much more fun!

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Your friends live busy lives and you’re stuck, you can’t find anyone to hit the gym with a couple days a week. Don’t worry, you can find your fitness buddy at the gym or online (MeetUp.com). Try group fitness classes, it’s one of the best ways to meet someone that shares the same interests as you.

Read below for the benefits of working out with someone else.

 

1. They promote healthy competition

zeljkodan/ShutterstockWorking out with someone else promotes healthy competition. Maybe your partner is a bit faster or stronger than you, if this is the case, you’re in luck. He/she will push you harder than you would ever push yourself.

 

2. Schedule gym sessions

Dragon Images/ShutterstockScheduling your gym sessions ahead of time forces you to be accountable. That means, always showing up and not letting your buddy down. If you cancel, you are only inconveniencing your friend. Therefore, make set plans with a friend so you are less likely to cancel.

 

3. It’s more fun

antoniodiaz/ShutterstockHitting the gym with a friend, rather than going alone, is more enjoyable. Studies have shown that people enjoy physical activity more when they are working out with a friend. It gives you someone to talk to, motivate you, and push you.

 

4. Avoid Injury

Syda Productions/ShutterstockWorking out with someone else means that you have a personal spotter – someone to watch over you carefully while you are lifting weights. They will also help count your reps, check your form and help you make any necessary adjustments so you don’t get injured.

 

5. You can do two-person exercises

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Mix it up and try new things. Working out with someone else allows you to try out two-person exercises and broaden the workouts you can do. This way, you both are reaping the benefits of exercise at the same time.

 

6. They will help you achieve your goals

Lucky Business/ShutterstockWorking out with someone else will help you reach your goals faster. Think about it, the added accountability, fun, different exercises and competition that a friend brings to your workout session, will help keep you motivated and on the right track.

 

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