Workout Partner

Benefits of Having a Fitness Buddy (Workout Training Partner)

Benefits of Having a Fitness Buddy (Workout Training Partner)

It’s raining outside. Your shoes are still wet from your last walking session. You really should just go out and exercise, but there’s something good on TV. Maybe later… Sound familiar?

Now try this scenario: It’s raining outside. Your shoes are wet and you don’t really feel like going for a walk, but your cell phone is blinking with a message from your buddy that says she’s already left the house and she’ll meet you at the trail.

You know you have to go, or she’ll give you a hard time for ditching her. So, you grab your soggy shoes and head off for a power walking session. Afterwards, you feel good. You always feel good afterwards; it’s the getting started part that’s hard.

That’s why it’s so beneficial to have someone else to exercise with on a regular basis. There’s no type of fitness regimen that can’t benefit from having a fitness buddy. If it’s weightlifting, your workout partner can spot you.

If it’s running or biking, they can push you to go faster than you would if you were alone. If it’s climbing, she can catch you when you slip and start careening down the mountain (maybe climbing isn’t the safest fitness activity).

Whatever your choice of fitness outlets, a workout buddy can not only push you harder than you would yourself, but they can actually get you out the door. Never underestimate the power of social obligations.

Those of us who wouldn’t think twice about breaking a date with ourselves cringe at the idea of breaking a date with a friend. Especially if we have friends who are experts at giving the guilt-trip.

OK, so you’re sold on the idea of a fitness buddy. But wanting one can be easier than finding one. Your regular friends might not be into fitness, or they’re the kind of people who start something with good intentions and gradually slack off.

It’s important to find someone who is as dedicated to fitness (or more dedicated) than you are. But where to look? Here are some ideas: Ask a friend, or see if a friend of a friend is looking for somebody.

If you belong to a gym or health club, see if there is a bulletin board out front where you can post requests. Join an exercise class or take some sports lessons; you might find an interested person or two.

Check fitness web sites, especially related to your interests; there may be a message board where you can look for activity partners.

Whatever route you choose, don’t be afraid to initiate proceedings by starting up conversations with people or starting new threads on message boards. You might be surprised at how many people are also looking for regular workout buddies.

Once you find a fitness buddy, don’t let him or her down. If you both show motivation and keep to a regular schedule, you’ll both reap the benefits.

TC Thorn is a writer for www.fitness-buddies.com a site with articles on fitness and weight-loss as well as a forum for helping people find fitness buddies in their area. This article may be reprinted, so long as the about author information is included in the link is active.

 

 

 

FAQ

What does workout partner mean?

Workout partners hold each other responsible for going to the gym because they keep each other on track and always reaching for their goals. If both go regularly, they will know whether a workout has been missed.

How do I find a workout partner?

If you’re ready to admit, “I need a workout buddy,” there are a few simple ways to find a great partner:

* Ask friends and family. One of the first places to look for a workout buddy is among friends and family.

* Find friends online in your area.

* Use apps for virtual accountability.

* Look around the gym.

Why a workout partner is important?

You and your workout buddy can cheer each other on. When you work out with a partner, you’re likely to: Feel more motivated. When you and your buddy encourage each other, you’ll work harder (and get better results!).

How can I find someone to workout with?

How to find a workout buddy

* Don’t worry if you can’t meet up in person. If you’re working out at home, you and your workout partner can still exercise together!

* Schedule your sessions.

* Make sure you’ve got shared interests.

* Take it outside.

* Join a group online.

* Share and be rewarded.

* Challenge a friend.