Like most people, I can quickly become bored when doing the same fitness routines over and over, so my secret to keeping on track is to opt for fun ways to stay active that never really feel like working out. A great and very simple way to achieve this, is by working out with a friend.
According to research from go ahead! we’re 74% more likely to stay on track with our fitness goals if we do them with a friend. Because of this, the team at go ahead! has teamed up with a squad of fitness and wellness experts (including little ol' me) for their go ahead! Summer Buddy Project.
The project encourages people to ‘buddy up’, to help make sure they stay motivated to keep on track with their healthy intentions. With this in mind, here are my top five buddy workout benefits:
1. More motivation to get up and go if you're meeting a friend
You're less likely to cancel on your mate for a fit date than cancel on the gym if no-one is there to meet you. Nobody likes a flake (unless it's literally made out of chocolate).
2. You get more out of your workout
A bit of friendly competition helps you push each other to stretch your limits. You're more likely to do an extra rep or run a little faster with your friend.
3. Train together, stay together
Exercise can actually create a greater bond between you and your friend (catch up on all the gossip whilst sweating together) and studies show couples who work out together are happier in their relationship.
4. It's a confidence boost
You're more likely to venture into that intimidating weights section of the gym, or try a new fitness class if you've got a friend with you for moral support.
5. It's fun!
You can definitely have a giggle with your mate during exercise, even if you're simply cracking a strained sweaty smile during a spin class.
So there you have it; pop on your gym kit, grab a buddy and enjoy your workout!