Are you having trouble sticking to your fitness goals? If so, you may benefit from one of the big fitness trends of 2018 — having a workout partner.
If you are wondering how having a fitness partner is helpful, it is because there is strength in numbers. The simple act of recruiting a friend or family member to workout with has a proven track record of improving fitness success.
Why is this?
You’ll Be More Motivated to Show up to Work Out
When the only person you have to answer to is yourself, it is easy to cancel your plans to exercise.
However, when you know someone is waiting for you, it isn’t as easy to bail because you will let that person down. Plus, it is easier to stick to the plan when you have a set time to meet someone for a workout rather than a tentative plan to try and hit the gym by yourself.
The reason having a workout buddy works to motivate you is because they act as a fitness accountability partner. At first, this may scare you because in all honesty, who wants someone breathing down their neck if they want to take a day or two off from the gym? This is how bad habits form. You take a day off here or there, and before you know it, your consistent schedule has gone down the tubes. With a fitness accountability partner, canceling workouts happens less because your partner is holding you accountable for your actions and there is a consequence for your inaction.
You’ll Push Yourself, Harder
All humans are naturally competitive so it makes perfect sense that when you workout with another person, you will be more likely to push yourself. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Social Sciences, people tend to exert themselves more when they perceive their fitness partner as being more in shape. This natural urge to be competitive coupled with the Köhler Effect (a phenomenon that occurs when a person works harder when part of a pair than they would if they were alone), creates the perfect environment for helping you to fulfill your fitness goals.
You’ll Have More Fun
What you may easily forget is that exercise doesn’t have to be a chore where you are watching the clock as time drags by. Exercising can be fun primarily when you are working out alongside a family member or friend. If you use the time to socialize and catch up with one another, the time will go by much faster, and before you know it, your workout will be complete.
Exercising while socializing is a constructive use of time because you aren’t just talking on the phone or typing an email while sitting on your behind. You are actively engaging in both your health and with your fitness buddy. Plus, the more fun you are having, the more likely you will be to continue with your fitness routine.
You’ll Burn More Calories
Since you will be pushing yourself harder than if working out alone while also having more fun, you will burn more calories. When socializing with a workout buddy, you are likely to workout for a longer period of time. In fact, according to a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, people who exercise within a group, exercise for twice as long than those that exercise alone. This leads to burning more calories and results in more weight loss.
As you can see, there are many benefits to working out with a fitness partner. Most importantly, finding someone to work alongside you as a workout buddy will increase your chances of fulfilling your fitness goals.
What are you waiting for? Pair up with a friend or family member and start working out today! If wondering how to select the right workout partner, stay tuned for our upcoming post — How to Choose the Perfect Workout Partner!