Exercise, to you, is drudgery. Yes, you go to a gym. In fact, you go to a gym regularly. Sometimes, you accomplish quite a bit running around the indoor track. You’re also pretty good at weight-lifting and swimming.
On some occasions, though, you just can’t motivate yourself to continue exercising. You run a couple of laps, get bored, begin lifting weights, get bored, go into the pool, get bored. You go home thinking ‘my workout was a waste of time. There has to be a better way to exercise.
Fortunately, there is a better way to exercise. Why exercise alone when you don’t particularly like to exercise? Why not exercise with a buddy? You have fun watching television with your buddy, eating dinner with your buddy, talking sports with your buddy, doing practically everything with your buddy. That’s why he’s your buddy. So why not exercise with your buddy?
What are the Benefits of Having a Workout Buddy?
There are numerous benefits of working out with your buddy. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that working out with your buddy will improve your workout.
“Working out with friends is better than exercising alone,” reported “Looking for a fitness boost,” an article in the Daily Mail that was based on a study of 1,000 women. “Those who exercise together train for longer, burn more calories and go to the gym more often.”
The study showed specifically that:
- Women who exercised with a buddy exercised more strenuously, and thus improved their physical fitness more, than women who exercised alone. About 640, or 64 percent of the 1,000 women, said they exercised better with “chums.”
- Women were more likely to be motivated to stay in good physical condition when they exercised with a buddy.
“Sometimes having an exercise partner is the difference between sitting on the couch in the evening and getting up and out of the house,” a spokesperson for the organization that conducted the study told the Daily Mail. “You are less likely to let a friend down and it is more fun. Many women will spur each other on, and provide their friends with the incentive they need to get going.”
The scientific benefits of exercising with a buddy also pertain to men. This makes sense. Men are happier when they are watching sports with buddies so why wouldn’t they be happier when they are participating in sports with buddies?
A study by the University of Southern California’s Department of Preventive Medicine concluded that men and women enjoy exercising more when they exercise with friends than when they exercise alone, reported “Dread the Gym? Exercise with Friends Puts People in a Better Mood.”
Enjoying exercising translates into people exercising more. People who exercise more are more likely to be heart healthy, weigh less, have more energy, be more productive at work, be stronger, and be in better physical condition. All these positive developments make life enjoyable for you and your buddy while you’re exercising and while you’re doing, well, anything else during your busy day.
“Studies show that people are more likely to repeat activities that they enjoy or find rewarding, and sustain them over the long-term,” the “Dread the Gym?” article emphasized.
- Making you more productive at work: Sitting at your desk for eight hours per day saps your energy and makes you physically less fit. Taking regular walk breaks during the day with a buddy who is also a co-employee will make you more productive, effective, and energetic.
- Motivating you to be more physically fit: Friendly competition is often a better way to help you improve your physical fitness than a solitary goal like time. Perhaps, your buddy can buy you dinner if you outrace him or her at the track. Or you can buy your buddy a dinner if he or she’s the winner. You can have similar friendly competitions in the weight room or the scale. A free dinner is an enjoyable way to get motivated to lose weight — but the dinner ought to be healthy!
- Lifting your self-image: Do you feel better about yourself when you look at yourself in the mirror? Perhaps, you do, but it also makes you feel narcissistic. A buddy’s compliment on your physical fitness, athletic achievements, and weight loss is more apt to have a genuinely positive impact on your self-image. And you should do the same for your buddy!