Whether you are an experienced exerciser or a newbie a workout partner is always a great idea.
Here is why:
1) Workout partners increase accountability. If you set a day and time to meet your workout partner, you really do not want to be the person that cancels the date. My friend and I go to hot yoga each Thursday as a set date. We both look forward to it and do our best to always make it work. If you struggle with getting your workouts in consider meeting a friend, coworker, or your significant other 2-3 times a week to keep yourself more accountable.
2) A partner can help you get the most out of your workouts. Whether you are in a workout class, lifting weights, running, etc. having someone working hard right next to you it is going to motivate you to do your best. If you are looking to perform better pair up with someone that can push you. I just started running with a coworker that has similar pace goals for the races we have coming up. Runs go by faster with her and I foresee a beautiful future of faster training runs with her by my side.
3) It gives you time to connect. One of my favorite workouts is hiking. My night-shift coworkers/friends and I have made it a regular routine to go hiking together. Instead of catching up over coffee or vino we hike a couple miles, soak in the nature around us, and chat about what everyone has going on. It has deepened our friendships and improved our tushes 🙂
4) Partners can keep your form on point. It is always great to have an experienced pair of eyes to assess your exercise form. My husband and I often lift weights together when our schedules allow. We both give each other pointers on form and take that feedback in stride to improve. Grab someone that is more knowledgeable than you and be humble in taking their feedback.
5) A friendly face can make trying something new less intimidating. I’ve heard many people say they are intimidated by the weight section of the gym or by a new class they haven’t done before. Completely understandable. Always remember that nobody started out as an expert. Going with someone that is familiar with the gym or just as new as you can make you feel more comfortable. The night-shift crew took on a new rock climbing gym together and it made everyone feel less anxious about not being familiar with the gym or rock climbing in general.
Bottom line, you don’t have to be exclusive in your fitness endeavors! Workout buddies can be empowering and the time together can improve both your fitness levels and relationships.
Cheers to all my workout buddies!