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Having a workout partner
When it comes to exercise, you don't have to go it alone. In fact, studies show you'll improve your overall results by working out with a partner. While many of us are able to maintain our good exercise intentions without help, most of us could benefit greatly from having a workout partner. Most importantly, it makes you accountable to show up and exercise, which can be half the battle. If the two of you schedule a workout, you're less likely to skip the gym or find excuses. I remember many different times when I woke up in the morning and all I wanted to do was go back to sleep, but then I remembered I had scheduled to meet with my friend to lift together at 6 am, it made it so much easier to get out of that bed!
Working out with a partner increases your motivation. Having someone to challenge you to work harder, faster and longer will help you to reach your goals quicker. Rather than bonding over a calorie-laden dinner, hit the gym together. Catch up while getting healthy. Life can be very busy and it is hard to find time to be with your friends, but when you know that you are going to be working out daily, you might as well do it with a friend so that you can spend some time together.
Finding a partner with similar goals is preferred. Having a common direction will help you to stay focused. Encouragement, support, shared accomplishments and pushing each other not only makes the time go faster, it's more fun. I have a very close friend right now that I try to get together with at least once a week or every other week, and this friend of mine has helped me, encouraged me, and pushed me in so many ways and I am so glad I met her. Workout partners help keep things challenging too. You can show each other new moves or try an activity you never thought you would.
Finding a partner at the gym is easier than it may seem. Your new partner could be the person next to you in that spin class. Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation because the truth is you are both there for the same reason. There are times when you will need to go it alone at the gym, but just remember, your odds of reaching your goals improve when you have someone to sweat through it with you.
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