“New Year, new me!” We’ve all heard someone utter these words before. It’s usually followed by a long list of personal goals, such as getting in shape by joining a gym. Unfortunately, that resolution typically gets tossed out the window by the end of January. How can this be reversed? One of the most effective ways to remain motivated and committed to a healthier lifestyle is to work out with a buddy. Besides being able to socialize with a friend, there are a host of benefits.
Workouts Become More Fun
Almost automatically, working out with a buddy becomes more fun than having to work out alone. Assuming you both know each other well, you’ll become each other’s cheerleaders as you try new workout and accomplish your fitness goals.
It’s usually very difficult to motivate yourself. You’re probably more inclined to give up on yourself if you are alone; however, with a buddy, you can motivate each other to try new workouts and push each other to do better. With a friend cheering you on, you can break your personal push-up record.
Walking into a gym for the first time can be overwhelming in and of itself making you more self-conscious. With a workout buddy, you can focus on your exercises without worrying about anyone else. Socializing with a friend at the gym can distract you from self-conscious thoughts.
Willingness to Try New Workouts
With a workout buddy, you can be motivated to try new workouts to switch up your routine. Assuming your buddy is into fitness, he or she can tell you when your form is incorrect, guiding you to better results.
It’s always extremely beneficial to have someone who can spot you when you do squats or attempt a bench press. Without a buddy, you run the risk of getting seriously hurt.
Having a workout buddy makes you accountable to each other. You ensure each other’s success because while skipping the gym is easier on your own, it’s more difficult to cancel on a friend. This method heightens your commitment.
Know When to Slow Down
Sometimes when we work out we push ourselves to dangerous levels in order to see immediate results. Not eating properly to shed weight fast, or working out too aggressively can cause harm long-term. A workout buddy can keep you in check when you are taking fitness a bit too seriously.
Taking shortcuts or eating unhealthy can have negative results. The benefit of having a workout buddy that you have a coach both inside and outside of the gym who can motivate you to healthier habits and hold you accountable if you take shortcuts.
At Sweat Equity Fitness we understand that everyone’s approach to fitness is not the same, but that’s okay, we are not your typical gym. We offer a variety of customised fitness programs with your success in mind. Contact us and schedule a free week today.