Working out on your own can be difficult. It requires a lot of discipline and time management. Busy schedules, work, and family life can lead to low energy levels and lack of motivation to take the time to exercise. Yet, exercise is what we need more than ever to help reduce stress levels, improve health, and keep us well-balanced on a daily basis. One of the best ways to maintain motivation as well as sticking to a regular workout routine is to team up with a workout partner.
The Huge Benefits of Working Out Together
Whether you choose to workout with a friend, spouse, or significant other, you can both reap the benefits of being a team. My spouse and I both enjoy exercising so it makes it a lot easier and much more enjoyable to exercise on a regular basis.
Accountability - Setting a fitness goal works best when you are accountable to someone. Share each other's fitness goals and keep each other accountable for achieving them.
Add variety - Working out alone can have its perks but it feels less like exercise when you have a partner. You are able to do more than just go to the gym. You can be outdoors and run, jog, or bike ride.
Create competition - A little healthy competition can help to keep fitness feeling like a game. Challenge one another! Whether it is pumping out more reps or playing a game on a basketball or tennis court, competition can keep workouts light-hearted as well as keeping you at 100% effort.
Safety - Whatever your activity, it is always safer in pairs. If you choose to lift weights, a partner can spot you and watch your form. Anything outdoors is always safer with someone by your side. Consider running, hiking, or rock climbing with a workout partner.
Constant motivation - When you are struggling with those last few reps or choosing between a cheeseburger or a salad, a workout partner can motivate you to push through or make wiser decisions when it comes to nutrition.
What to Think About Before Choosing a Workout Partner
Before asking someone to be your workout partner, be sure that the person actually enjoys exercising and has a good attitude about it. Motivation is a two-way street. Don't fool yourself into thinking you can change a person's attitude about exercise if they already dislike it. You will only burn yourself out and feel unnecessary frustration.
A good workout partner won't let you slide when it comes to sticking to a workout or making better food choices. He or she should also be punctual. When you have a set time to exercise, both people should make the effort to be on time. Consistent tardiness will quickly decrease motivation to exercise.
Working out with someone can be so much fun. I definitely enjoy getting fit with my spouse. We keep each other motivated and it feels great knowing that someone actually cares about my fitness goals and wants to help me reach them.