Cardio day. You don’t want to go, and after a few miles, you really want to stop. And yet, there are so many benefits to a strong cardio program. So, how do you make sure that you end up going day in and day out and put one foot in front of the other on your path to glory?
Get yourself a workout partner. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should:
1. It’s Harder To Cancel Your Plans
If you have a motivated friend to work out with, you have someone to hold you accountable. But, be careful to make sure they are just as motivated as you, if not more so. If you choose an unmotivated workout partner, they could have the opposite effect.
2. Workouts Become More Fun
You can only run so many miles or listen to the same song so many times before enough’s enough. When you have a friend there with you, you have someone to talk to. You’re more present. This premise applies to basically everything in life (going out to dinner, getting coffee, hiking). It’s more fun with a friend, right? Workouts are no different.
3. You Can Learn From Each Other
Be honest, if that random dude at the gym came up to you and critiqued your form, would you listen? Probably not.
When you bring a friend along, it’s a chance to help each other improve. They might notice something about your form, and you might discover an entirely new workout to try. There’s more trust to have those open conversations.
4. A Little Friendly Competition Never Hurts
It’s pretty hard to compete with a stranger, but a workout friend? They’ll agree to match you mile for mile. If you’re at all competitive, you’ll push yourself a little further and a little longer on that treadmill than you would if nobody else was there to compete.
5. It Could Be Easier To Try Something New
The premise of having a “wingman” doesn’t end with your night out at the bar. It helps to have backup everywhere. When you’re at the gym, you might see a new piece of equipment or a new class and want to give it a try, but, not wanting to make a fool of yourself in front of people you don’t know, you pass on it. A workout partner can give you the confidence to try something new because you know you’re in good company.