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Buddy Up: The Benefits Of Working Out With A Friend

by Ameka Mobley | April 18, 2017

women-working-out-together.jpgFinding the motivation to work out every day is no piece of cake— especially when you’d rather eat an actual piece of cake.

The good news is that exercising with a friend benefits you more than you may have realized.

Why Work Out With A Partner

We all know it’s more fun to tag along with a buddy for your sweat session, but there’s so much more to exercising with a partner than socializing. Here are five ways that making exercise a friendly event improves your fitness efforts.

Accountability

Tempted to hit snooze on the alarm instead of hitting the gym? That’s a lot less likely to happen when you know someone will be waiting on you at the gym. Or maybe you’d rather grab some greasy food during your lunch break. Instead, grab a coworker and head out for a walk.  

Enjoyment

Nobody wants to drag themselves outside for a run if they hate to run. Having a friend with you—someone you really enjoy spending time with—makes the process less dreadful. You may even find you love to exercise when you’ve got someone to chat with. And if you’re having fun, you’re more likely to stick with it and achieve the results you crave.

Stress Reduction

Recent studies have found that spending time with friends actually benefits your health. It provides an outlet for stress and improves your mood. Funny thing — so does exercise. When you combine the two, you’ve got a recipe for excellent health and a happier life.

older-couple-stretching-exercising.jpgCompetition

A little competition goes a long way. Even the least competitive people don’t like to be outshined—either out of a desire to win or a fear of embarrassment. How does this apply to your workout routine? Exercising with a buddy motivates you to push yourself harder. It gives the activity just the right amount of competitive flair.

Reduced Injury

A workout partner can help you perfect your form, which lessens your chance of injury. It’s often difficult to know if you’re performing an exercise correctly, but a buddy can work with you to make sure you are.

At the Amarillo Town Club, we offer group fitness and personal training — both great ways to implement the workout buddy system. If you’re ready to take your fitness to the next level and achieve awesome results, contact us today!

 

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NOTICE: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This information is for general use and is not intended to be a prescription. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise program. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.

This information was originally published on April of 2016. It has been republished for freshness and accuracy.

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