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What are the benefits of having a workout partner? How to choose a good workout buddy?
In today's fast-paced world, finding a good work out partner, with matching schedules, is challenging but not impossible. Partnering with a co-worker, friend, family member or just someone you met at the gym could turn out to be a rewarding experience for both of you. Here are some reasons why.
1. Research shows that just a phone call every two weeks asking about your exercise habits can increase adherence by 78%. People tend to stay on track, even if the call is from a computer. If you don’t find a friend to exercise with, then just checking in with each other can help you achieve your goals. Finding someone to exercise with is even more valuable. You are less likely to miss, you will be motivated to get a better quality workout and try new things. Exercising with a friend, even if you don’t talk much, reduces stress more than exercising alone. Social support works.
2. Serious workouts are great, but it’s also important to have fun. Exercising alone is lonely. Having an exercise buddy that you share with, encourage, support, laugh and have that social connection with, motivates you to look forward to the next workout.
3. It’s much less intimidating to try new things when you are working out with a friend. Yoga, kettle bells, free weights, boxing, etc. are much easier with a partner. There is power in numbers, try new things.
4. It would be great if your partner was a personal trainer, with lots of experience. If you could partner with someone with more experience than yourself, that would be ideal. If you are both new to exercise, it is worth it to share some sessions with a qualified personal trainer, someone to help you develop a basic program, teach you form and progression. This will help prevent injuries and increase gains. When you feel like you have hit a plateau, follow-up sessions may help and you may also learn new things.
5. Most of us are a bit competitive and a little healthy rivalry helps you to improve. Studies show that if you work out with someone who is in better shape than you are, you will try harder. No one wants to be the weakest link. Even a virtual partner or mentor works.
When participants think they are working as a team, they work much harder than alone.
6. Having a good spot is priceless and a skill. When squatting, benching or pressing overhead, a good spot helps you break plateaus. A good spotter enables you to try new weights without fear of hurting yourself, all while not doing it for you or letting you get stuck. Many seasoned exercisers love having a partner who knows how to spot.
7. Variety is the spice of great workouts! You and your workout partner will bring different skills and interests to your exercise routine. Good workout partners collaborate on different aspects of the exercise plan.
8. Finally, good workout buddies listen to each other but keep each other's confidences. When you work out with someone 3-4 times a week, you get to know each other and may share personal or work lives. What’s said in the gym stays in the gym!
Cardio, resistance training, flexibility, diet and repair should all be considered in a well-rounded fitness routine.Finding someone to share this with you will help fast-track your goals and enrich your physical activities