According to Sabrena Merrill, MS, a personal trainer and group fitness instructor certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), working out with a buddy can keep you committed to your fitness.
"Working out with a buddy is exceptionally motivating, especially for new exercisers who are trying to make regular workouts a habit," says Merrill. "The thought of having a partner to workout with (who will go through the same discomforts as well as feelings of accomplishment with you) makes exercising something to look forward to. Scheduling a standing workout appointment with a partner motivates you to not miss the workout because you have another person holding you accountable."
In addition to being a source of fitness motivation, working out with a partner is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Merrill explains, "In our busy, stress-filled lives, it is sometimes difficult to incorporate friendly social interaction into our schedule. Working out with a friend allows us to multi-task by boosting our 'friend time' with others while simultaneously getting a workout."
Having a workout buddy can even boost your fitness more than working out alone. "Working out with a partner actually motivates each person to work a little harder or longer than they normally would alone. Social interaction during exercise provides a distraction of sorts that allows the mind to focus on the pleasure of being with a friend and tune out the discomforts of exercise," adds Merrill.
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