Taking part in regular exercise boosts both our physical and mental wellbeing. While some of us prefer a solo fitness regime, as it enables us to keep on track and stay focused. Others enjoy working out with a partner. This is because it helps them to stay motivated during a workout, boosts their overall performance and they often feel they have more fun.
Read on to discover how having a buddy can help make workouts for the both of you more effective and enjoyable:
Friendly Competition for Your Workout
Finding your fitness partner in crime is the perfect excuse to engage in a bit of healthy competition, neither of you will want to fall behind during your workout, so it can be that added boost you both need to keep going and reach new limits.
You’ll Have More fun on Your Workout
While it’s important to make sure you get a killer workout in, it’s also just as vital to have fun. Exercising alone can get a little lonely, so with a partner you’ll be able to share both the good and the tough times with a smile on your faces. Plus, combining training with having a bit of banter makes things even more enjoyable!
Fresh Ideas for Your Workout
Occasionally, we may shy away from trying out that new class we’ve always fancied or that area in the gym we’ve found intimidating and shied away from. But with a workout partner on board, you’ll both be able to support one another, learn new things and step out of each other’s comfort zones.
If you’re thinking of going the extra mile with your weight training, a friend can help ‘spot’ you through those last couple of tough reps at the end of your set. Having someone else around when you’re lifting heavy weights also makes your workout a lot safer and keeps you both injury free.
Follow a Structure for Your Workout
Weight training with a partner is ideal, you can alternate your exercises so that your friend completes their set during your rest period and vice versa. This should eliminate any distractions in between sets like scrolling through your phone on social media, something many of us are guilty of!
Regular Workout Routine
It can be incredibly easy to make excuses not to visit the gym, especially if you’re going to on your own. But you’re more likely to be more committed to attending with your fitness buddy and may even feel guilty about not turning up and letting them down, which should lead you to keeping up with your regular workouts.
Sometimes, all we need is a little bit of encouragement to help us push out that last rep, run that bit faster, go the extra mile, or hang in there for another minute, all for the kudos that your partner’s “well done”, high-five or pat on the back brings you. Having a workout partner can help inspire you to keep going and getting even better.