Exercise is one of the most effective evidence-based practices for overcoming common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and poor mood. — Stacey Neil, MA, LMFT, CPT
When it comes to losing weight, one of the essential things that you need to take into consideration is to look for a friend or a partner who can help you in meeting your fitness goals. There are many benefits that you can enjoy when you share your fitness journey with a particular person in your life. It may be challenging during the first few days, but the more time you spend together, the easier it would become for both of you. Just make sure to find the right gym buddy so that you will achieve your goals faster and quicker!
Here are some of the advantages you can enjoy when you decide to share a fitness journey with workout buddy:
- It Can Make Going To The Gym Fun And Exciting. The truth is that doing some exercises at the gym can be exhausting. Sometimes, all you need is to add a fun element to it by finding someone who can be your fitness buddy. Keep in mind that there is no need to be extra-serious when it comes to being physically active. Try to laugh and enjoy while you are at the gym.
- It Can Help You To Be More Motivated. Knowing that you are sharing your journey with a buddy can make you more excited to go to the gym. It will be your most significant motivation. Of course, you would love to make things happen or reach your goal right? To achieve this, make sure to find a person who enjoys exercising as much as you do.
For regular exercisers, a greater mood enhancement benefit after even a single session of exercise as compared to nonexercisers. — Traci Stein, PhD, MPH
- It Can Create A Healthy Competition. Do you know that not all competitions are bad? Being competitive can also be helpful. It can increase your drive to perform better. Having a gym buddy will make you a competitive individual but in the right way. You can even place bets with your partner. For example, you can agree that whoever runs longer on the treadmill wins. Just decide or choose the prizes ahead of time.
- It Can Make You Feel Comfortable. One of the common issues in gym memberships is feeling left out, especially if you are not familiar with the people who are going their everyday. Fortunately, there is a way to solve it, and that is by encouraging a person to join you for the workouts. It would be a great relief on your part to know that you can reach out to anyone at any time.
Wanting to look different on the outside in order to feel better on the inside may be a common reason to join a gym, but judging by the numbers, it’s not a good bet. If you have low self-esteem and/or a poor self-image, and that’s your motivation to start working out, you could end up worse off than you started. — Tina Gilbertson, MA, LPC
Since you are already aware of the different benefits that having a workout buddy can offer, the next thing to do is to look for one immediately. Take note that it is crucial that your fitness partner must also be responsible for achieving his fitness goals. Otherwise, he can affect you negatively. If he loves procrastinating, then there is a high possibility that he could make you skip gym classes. At the same time, be sure that this person is trustworthy and supportive of everything you do. Have fun as you start working out with your gym buddy.