1. Accountability – when you have someone counting on you, you are far less likely to bail on a workout. Making plans to meet your friend at 6pm is much more concrete than vaguely planning to exercise alone “some time after work”. Set a date and don’t be late!
2. Exercise becomes more fun – a key element in forming a lifestyle habit is fun. It’s always more enjoyable to share an experience with a friend.
3. You tend to get more out of the session – you’ll work that bit harder when exercising with a partner. It can bring out a competitive instinct that allows you both to push your limits. You’re more likely to do that extra set when you’re being spurred on.
4. Safety – this mainly applies to strength training, but having a partner means that you will always have a spotter. This will help you through final reps and they can keep a close eye on your technique.
5. You are more likely to try new things – ever wanted to try a new gym but felt intimidated going there alone? With a partner your excuses are now removed. It opens up all sorts of possibilities.
6. Social well-being – social interaction is often listed as an important factor for many people when choosing exercise. Training with a partner gives you that social contact that is often non-existent when going solo.
7. Shared goals – if two of you are working towards a common goal, it helps to build more resolve and resilience. It’s a fantastic feeling to achieve a goal, and it can be even better when you achieve it with someone else.
Let’s do this together!XOXO