Many people like to exercise on their own because it means less distractions. Many more people also like to exercise with others, as evidenced by the popularity of group fitness classes at an In-Shape Gym.
But if you don’t belong to either group, then you may want a fitness friend. You don’t have to work out alone but you also don’t have to work out with so many people in one room. Here are a few more benefits of getting your own fitness buddy.
Make Your Workouts More Fun
There’s no need to equate a serious workout with a serious demeanor. With your fitness friend, you will enjoy a fun workout because of the shared advice and laughter. You will then look forward to your daily workouts instead of dreading them.
Just don’t make the entire workout about laughter and monkey business, however. You have to remember that you’re in the gym with a common goal – to become physically fit, for example.
Have Somebody Looking Out for You
Even with mirrors in the gym, you will still be guilty of improper technique and form for many reasons. Your brain and eyes can fool you or you may be too focused on getting the set done. Whatever the reason, you will find that a fitness friend can look out for you, especially in determining whether you’re doing it right or not.
You must return the favor, too. You will be able to learn from each other while also making corrections about each other’s form and technique. You can even try out new movements together and see its effects on your bodies.
Along with this benefit, you and your friend will also enjoy friendly competition. You can achieve your goals together when you’re motivating each other – and have fun while you’re at it, too.
Enjoy Emotional Support
The exchange of ideas extend beyond the gym, too. You and your fitness friend can discuss other aspects from nutrition to injury rehabilitation. You may even find that you’re not just gaining a fitness friend but a friend for life.
The emotional support that you can enjoy from your fitness friend can be invaluable to your daily life – and it also applies to your own support for him or her. This is proven by science, too, such as in a Stanford University study where people who received a phone call once a week continued to exercise at an increased level more than a year after these calls stopped.
What are you waiting for? Find your fitness friend now and enjoy all these benefits!