If you take a look around the gym you’ll often see people working out together, and for good reason to. Embarking on a strict health and fitness regime can be pretty daunting for a lot of people, however by getting a friend to join you you’re more likely to succeed. You’ll have more motivation and have someone to encourage you and see you through your successes. A lot of people also like the friendly competitive element working out together brings! So what can you do with your new fitness partner?
Hit the gym
You may be tempted to see the gym as a lone activity – there’s something quite appealing about getting those earphones in with a good gym playlist on whilst you hit the treadmill or weights. Whilst music has been shown to help improve workouts, you could also aim to bring in a partner for some gym sessions. Doing this allows you to mix up your sessions and break down the monotony which can be felt if you’re doing the same thing over and over. Also, with someone else there you’re more likely to go that bit further and try to exceed your personal bests!
Hitting the courts is a fantastic way to get fit – and it’s also a lot of fun. Racquet sports, such as badminton and squash, are a great way to start as they really get you moving and keep your heart racing. Another benefit of competitive sports is that they can help people overcome any confidence issues they may have when working out in the gym by themselves. Playing competitively with people you feel comfortable with allows you to focus on the game in hand rather than what other people may be thinking.
Go for a run
The idea of running can seem like a chore for a lot of people, but if you plan to go with a friend it can quickly become a much more enjoyable activity. You’re much more likely to follow through with your plans if you know someone else is waiting for you, and it’s also a great time catch up and vent about your day!
Working out with friends is a great way to get motivated, especially if you’re just starting out on a fitness routine. Help support and encourage each other, and before you know it you’ll see some big changes!
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