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3 Reasons You Need a Workout Buddy

By Virginia Laird

For far too long I have struggled to find the desire to exercise routinely. I would purchase the gym membership, plan my day around the classes I wanted to attend, but then skip out on the class. I needed a plan, and fast. I found help in the company of my friend. She too had the same desires and concerns about exercising. Odds are, you may share these too. Having someone to exercise with can help mask these concerns and help you share a common goal. A few of the reasons you need a workout buddy include:

  • A friend can keep you accountable
  • Working out with a buddy makes exercising more fun
  • A friend can push you to accomplish more
  • Exercising with a friend can make it easier to try new things

A Friend Can Keep You Accountable

Where you may be more likely to make an excuse for why you can’t or shouldn’t exercise that day, your friend has a way of making you feel obligated to get up and go. This can help you be more accountable to attend the gym and utilize the expensive membership you are paying for.

Working Out with a Buddy Makes Exercising More Fun

If you have ever exercised before, you know that there are times it can be quite boring. Spicing things up can sometimes be as easy as attending a new class or trying a new exercise. However, inevitably this too can fall back to the boring phase. One sure way to keep things fun and exciting is to have a workout buddy. If your friend is anything like mine, you will never find a dull moment during your time at the gym.

A Friend Can Push You to Accomplish More

I cannot remember how many times I have started a workout only to lose steam and want to quit before I get 20 minutes in. This feeling never changes, even while exercising with a friend, but my friend won’t let me quit. Yours won’t either. One of the greatest blessings when taking a friend to the gym is the push your friend will give to you when you feel like you cannot do any more.

Exercising with a Friend Can Make It Easier to Try New Things

As a more reserved person, I do not like to try new things surrounded by strangers. Trying new exercise classes with a friend can make all the difference. When there is someone to laugh with you, you do not feel laughed at when you mess up. I have found that trying new things in the gym can be pleasant when you have someone to support you.

An exercise buddy can truly make all the difference. If you are fortunate enough to have one like mine, your friend will send you messages throughout the day keeping you focused on the goal. Get back on track and stay on track with the help of a workout buddy. Find yours today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Happy Valley, Ore.

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