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Why You Should Have a Workout Buddy!

1 of 2 Two delightful girls give thumbs up - Runners at 1st Annual Rock 2 Rock 5 Mile Fun Runphoto © 2008 Mike Baird | more info (via: Wylio) Recently, there has been a big movement towards finding fitness buddies, workout partners or “community” type classes. While some people may prefer to workout solo, the benefits of having a workout buddy cannot be discounted.

Beyond anything, having a fitness buddy who is committed to similar goals as yourself will give you the extra motivation on days that you just want to sit on the couch. One of our favorite things about our boot camps and small group training sessions is that we all support each other and many of us have become close friends through this process. Sending a text message or email saying “see ya at class tomorrow” can be the motivating factor when someone wants to hit snooze instead of getting up at 5:30 a.m. Or, just knowing that we look for you and want you to be there can be the difference between sleeping in and getting a kick butt workout. The gym doesn’t look so inviting on it’s own anymore does it?

Read on for more reasons that work out buddies can make a HUGE difference in staying committed to your goals:

1. Trying out new activities is much easier. Does boot camp or small group intimidate you? Sign up with a friend who will help you to become more adventurous.

2. Starting a new program isn’t so daunting. Changes to any routine are often difficult. Having someone by your side who is experiencing the same thing helps!

3. Motivation is self-reinforcing.  Motivation from another person can be the key to getting you through those blue and dreary days.

4. Timing is everything. When you and your partner schedule workouts in or meet for classes, it becomes an appointment in your schedule, not just something that you can skip easily.

5. Limited opportunity for excuses! This is a big one that is tied to motivation. When you stick to your schedule, you are limiting your opportunity to make an excuse not to workout. Sometimes it’s just naturally easier to make excuses for yourself, than it is to do it frequently with another person.

6. Longer workouts? That’s right, you’re more likely to extend a good time than shy away from one. When you’re working out and getting those endorphins going, chances are you’ll finish and even prolong the experience.

7. Building friendships. Having a committed goal with a buddy will strengthen your friendship, reinforce your goals, and all-in-all contribute to your overall goal of a healthier lifestyle.

So, if you can’t find one of your friends to join you, come to one of our sessions! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, before long you will have a whole slew of friends looking out for you!

sources: http://www.associatedcontent.com

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