We know the saying goes less is more, but let’s be honest. Sometimes two is just plain better than one. When it comes to working out, having a friend along for the ride – or lift – can be beneficial.
Less likely to skip workouts
Scheduling your workout session with a friend helps hold you accountable for getting to your sessions. Knowing someone is waiting for you not only motivates you to show up, but to work hard as well.
Push yourself harder
Exercising with another person pushes you to do your workout and do it to the best of your ability. Typically – if you work out with a friend who is stronger or faster than you, you’ll be more likely to test your own limits.
Try new exercises
It’s less intimidating with a friend to try a new exercise such as strength training or lifting heavier weights. When trying something new, your friend will provide a confidence boost and can also spot you to keep your safe.
Work out longer
Time flies when you’re having fun… or at least when you are distracted. Having someone to talk to between sets lets you focus on something other than the pain of working out and makes the time go by faster.
There’s nothing worse than undoing all your hard work at the gym with unhealthy foods. A friend who’s worked up a sweat with you is likely to want to join you for a healthy post-exercise meal or snack.