Working out regularly can be tough, which is probably why statistics show that 80% of adults don’t get the recommended amount of exercise. So, one of the best ways to increase your chances of getting fit and meeting that recommendation is to get an exercise buddy, and here is why.
You and your buddy can hold each other accountable. If one of you is unmotivated, the other can motivate you! Guilt can be a great motivator, especially if you and your friend do not want to let each other down by sleeping in or abandoning the other. The extra level of accountability increases your odds of success.
- Exercise More
With your exercise buddy, you can exercise more, and not just more often, more muscle groups! There are three types of muscles in the body, cardiac, smooth, and skeletal. Many gym-goers and trainers try to focus on multiple muscle groups during a session. However, it can drain more energy in less time. So, it is a good idea for you and your buddy to plan your workout so you can see which muscle groups to workout together. Such as chest, shoulders, and triceps. You and your buddy can hold each other accountable and actually stick to the plan.
- Safety First
Depending on when and where you like to work out, for example, weights or running or trampolining, having a buddy can keep you safe. Whether it is running through the streets early in the morning or having them spot you. It is better safe than sorry. They can also keep track of your reps!
- Save Money
You can save money by working out with a buddy! Money on fuel when driving to and from the gym together; you can also split the cost of a personal trainer by booking group sessions! Also, if you wanted to do a sport like badminton which requires you to pay to book a court, you guys could devise a system where one of you pays every other week!
- You’ll Work Harder
According to a study by Kansas State University, working out with a buddy you may perceive to be better, increases your workout intensity by 200%. This is because we are pushed to keep up with each other. Brandon Irwin, leader of the study, states that “when you’re performing with someone who you perceived as little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone.” Nothing like a bit of friendly competition to get you fit and healthy!
- It’s fun!
It may seem unbelievable, but exercise can actually be fun! If you have someone to laugh with as you work out, you will have more positive emotions related to working out, and you will stop dreading it! Plus, can you actually play tennis or badminton without a buddy? It would make things easier if you had one. Also, maybe you and your workout buddy have achieved a goal, whether it be 5k or losing a few pounds. Enjoy your successes together with a well-earned meal or even a cinema trip!