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5 Reasons You Should Find a Workout Buddy

In-Shape | 28 Jan, 2022 | Wellness Tips & Trends | Return|

People always say there’s strength in numbers, and it turns out that’s true. Find out what experts say about pairing up with a partner to exercise, then text a friend you think might want to join you on your fitness journey. Don’t forget—at In-Shape, you can add more than just family members to your membership; you can add your friends, too. Here’s why we think you should.

 

1. You’ll stay committed together

Some days you wake up and the snooze alarm is calling your name. But if you’re meeting a friend for an early-morning cycle class, are you really going to leave her alone on the bike? Heck no—you’re going to get to the club, share a high-five, and wind up feeling amazing for the rest of the day because you got in an awesome workout.

As an added bonus, research shows you’ll work out harder because your friend is there, too.
 

2. You’ll try new things

It can be tough to get outside your comfort zone. Having a workout buddy will help you try new things. Maybe your workout partner loves yoga, and you take a class with them just to give it a try. Or maybe your buddy is intimidated by free weights, and you can show them how to perfect their deadlift. You’ll inspire each other to be more adventurous with your workouts.
 

3. You’ll be closer than ever

It’s been hard to stay connected during the pandemic. Making plans to work out together ensures that you and your workout buddy will have time to catch up, laugh over the little things, and spend some quality time together. Plus, research shows that for most people, working out with friends is just more fun.
 

4. You’ll keep your form on point

Having a dedicated workout partner means you always have a spotter ready in the weight room, or someone reminding you to straighten your back or bend your knees if you slip into bad form habits.
 

5. You’ll crush goals faster

Feeling more motivated and keeping each other on track will help you reach your goals in less time—especially if you set some goals together. Not to mention that sense of friendly competition can kick in, motivating you to work even harder.
 

If you’re ready for a workout partner, check out our article on how to find a workout buddy.

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