Some say that working out alone is the best way to focus on your workout and avoid wasting the bulk of your gym time on socializing. Others claim that working out with a friend or family member is one of the best ways to make exercise a habit that you stick to for the long run
In this post I want to go over some of the benefits of working out with a friend but also to discuss some of the things that might go wrong when working out with a buddy.
For some people working out alone is better but for many of us, having an exercise companion can prove quite effective.
Let’s see how to make sure you and your workout buddy are right for each other…
Working out with a friend benefits
Research has shown that working out with a family member of a friend can help you to lose weight faster. Some speculate that the competition factor of training with another person motivates people to workout harder and, perhaps, to watch their diet more carefully. No one likes to be left behind or feel that they’re not as good as another person so they’re driven to success by their companion. If you feel like you need another boost of motivation, a workout buddy can prove useful.
In addition, there’s no doubt that one of the best ways to ensure that you don’t miss out on workout just because you don’t feel like exercising on a particular date is to schedule them with someone else in advance. This way you won’t just be letting yourself down but this other person as well. Making excuses for yourself is easier than it is to fool someone else. As this person is likely to be close and dear to you, it’s unlikely that you’ll be ready to seem lazy or unmotivated in their eyes.
Another benefit of working out with a friend is that you have someone who’s watching over you and making sure that you’re training correctly. Everyone needs to have someone who notices if they break form. This is something that your buddy can do for you.
So, a workout buddy can help you to train more often, harder, and correctly.
Things to remember when choosing a buddy
We talked about why training with a buddy can be beneficial. This doesn’t mean that everyone will do. You need to make sure you choose the right person to workout with. Here are a few points to remember:
- You have to choose someone who’s a positive person. Don’t let your workout buddy get you down.
- You should workout with someone who is serious about their workouts. You don’t want to be the one who has to convince this person to go to the gym with you.
- You and your workout partner need to be in sync. You can’t train with someone who wants to workout for half the time that you do. You can’t train with someone who just wants to do cardio exercises while you want to lift weights.
- You need to be able to train alone whenever you want to without the other person feeling insulted. Some people are just prone to being insulted. Don’t train with a person like that.
Working out with a friend has a lot of benefits and can help you to burn more fat and lose weight faster than you could have done otherwise. However, choose your workout partner carefully to make sure that he or she are actually right for you.