7 Reasons you Should get Yourself a Workout Buddy

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 28, 2015

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If you are hoping to get yourself in shape, working out will be easier with a buddy. When you have a partner, it is great for accountability and also for you to have friendly competition to push you.
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    Work out with a Buddy to Get in Shape

    If you are hoping to get yourself in shape, working out will be easier with a buddy. When you have a partner, it is great for ensuring accountability and also for you to have friendly competition to push you. A study at the University College London found that romantic partners who make healthy life changes are more likely to succeed if they make those changes together.

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    You Become Accountable

    You may hit the snooze button repeatedly and not get up to work out when you work out alone. This wouldn’t be the case when someone is counting on you to be on track with them. When you screw up, you will feel guilty. This is why you are less likely to miss out on work out sessions. Moreover, you are more accountable with regards to eating choices and habits.

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    You are Motivated

    You may have said this many times, “I'm going to start working out from Monday” only to never see that energy packed Monday. The most common reason for not getting started is lack of motivation. With a partner, you will stay motivated to exercise and eat better.

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    You Start Loving Working Out

    When you have a work out partner, exercising becomes fun. Being accompanied by a friend, you end up doing it more often. You will stick with your exercise schedule for longer and eventually get better results.

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    Exercise Sessions Become Well-planned

    When you work out with a partner, you are more likely to plan your workouts in advance. You will  mix-and-match and include exercises you and your partner likes. Not only is the planning of workout sessions exciting, you will also be better able to squeeze in an hour of workout. Exercise then becomes a priority which it is not when you are working out alone.

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    Your Progress is Monitored

    You may have a trainer to guide you through your workouts, but an outsider's perspective on progress is more than helpful. A partner whom you work out with will be in a better position to tell you your rights and wrongs. A partner’s insight can be quite helpful to correct your faults and help you improve.

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    You Sail Smooth Towards the Goal

    Working out with a partner keeps you on course, and gives you the extra mileage to go all the way. There is always a friendly competition to strive for better and push harder. When you set goals together, you can push each other towards the goal instead of slacking off. When you are there, you have someone to celebrate it with instead of just patting your own back.

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    You can Try New Activities with Ease

    If you go at it alone, a new form of exercise can become challenging. On the other hand, doing it with someone else makes it easier. The idea of being introduced to a new activity becomes more appealing. It keeps workouts fun and exciting.

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