We’ve all been there. Trying to break through ‘the wall’ in the midst of a workout as your energy reserves reach depletion. Your body screaming at you to stop and your mind telling you you’ve had enough. It is in these moments that having a workout, training, exercise or fitness partner can become a crucial addition to your regime. Here are my top three reasons why you should find a workout partner:
1. You will be much more motivated
A lot of people don’t like the thought of doing a workout after working, particularly if it’s been a stressful day. But, cancelling plans with yourself is very different to cancelling plans made with a friend or partner. If they are counting on you to turn up they probably also don’t want to exercise on their own. You’re much more likely to meet your friend for a planned workout session that you have arranged for a set time rather than tentative plans you have made with yourself. Once you get in the habit, you’ll find it much easier to exercise when someone is providing that extra motivation. A workout partner means you are more accountable.
2. Intensity will increase, boundaries will be pushed
A workout partner will push you out of your comfort zone. Your workouts will be harder because you won’t want to be the one who can’t keep up with your friend who is managing to do a ridiculous pace on a 5k run! There is a tip when picking your partner – your abilities should be roughly in the same ballpark because if you choose to go with someone that is significantly fitter than you then there will be a mismatch in ability, which can impair the productivity of both parties. Whereas, if you are on a similar level as each other then you can push each other to new heights. Healthy competition breeds better performance.
3. Exercise will become much more fun
More fun will boost the productivity of your sessions. A workout partner can be the perfect pick-me-up when you are getting bored and additionally can keep you on your toes with different routes, pace and types of exercise. If on a run or cycle, having someone to talk to can also make a difference when it comes to boredom. So, whether it is taking it in turns to do reps in the gym, running a 5k route, going for a cycle or doing a fitness class, having a friend or partner by your side will reduce the risk of boredom and get you enjoying your workout sessions much more – which in turn will increase your motivation and performance.
Not only will exercise become a lot more enjoyable, but it will also help to prepare you for the future. When we look after ourselves now, it means that we are going to be creating some healthy habits, that will hopefully, last a lifetime. When we are fitter and healthier as we get older, the chances of us getting certain illnesses or diseases can be reduced, as well as having a healthy mindset. Although there is a possibility of needing something like live in care when we get older, the age that we might need it by can be pushed to later, if we are fitter and healthier overall.
Picking the right workout partner is essential – align your goals
Harvard University found that you can “catch” obesity (along with smoking habits and happiness) because it spreads like an infectious disease, particularly with the increase in social media use. The experts found that a person’s risk of becoming obese rises by two percent for every five obese social contacts they have.
Therefore, if you choose a workout partner who is active, eats well and has the same drive for getting fit as you do, then there is a good chance you will not only achieve your goals but smash them! Find someone with aligned motivations, drive each other on, go forth and conquer.
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