Are two really better than one? Suzy Waked, a fitness specialist and personal trainer at the TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion says “yes” – at least when it comes to your exercise routine.
Reason #1: It’s a Source of Motivation
Suzy says working out with a friend or a partner can help you push yourself further during your workout, whether it’s by exercising longer or more intensely. “When I’m with somebody else, I’m not as lazy or taking it easy on myself,” she explains.Plus, a little friendly competition can make exercising more fun - see who can stay on the elliptical longest or gets the most reps in.
Reason #2: It Keeps You Accountable
Similarly, you’re less likely to skip on a sweat session if you are scheduled to exercise with a partner because you don’t want to come off as lazy or let your partner down.
Reason #3: It Refreshes Your Routine
An exercise buddy can introduce you to new fitness moves or workouts you’ve never tried. Plus, enrolling in a new class is less intimidating when you show up with a friend. If you're exercising with your spouse, it may be surprising how much you can learn from one another in the gym.
Reason #4: It’s Safer
If there’s one physical activity where exercising with a partner is critical, Suzy says it’s lifting weights. “It’s always safer to have someone else present while you’re lifting, just in case anything happens,” she points out.
Furthermore, if you’re walking or running outdoors it’s always safer to do so with another person, or better yet, a group.
Reason #5: It’s a Time-Saver
Exercise is a great way to socialize in a healthy way, especially for people with hectic schedules, Suzy says. Spending time exercising together is also a great way for couples to bond because it can bring something new to the relationship or even spark creative date ideas.
What’s Suzy’s favorite exercise to do with a partner? “I really like meeting up with people to go on runs. It helps when you’re trying to get a long-distance run in,” she explains.
What Qualities Should I Look for in a Workout Buddy?
Your workout buddy should be reliable, dedicated and motivated to get results, Suzy suggests. “Find somebody that you’re the same caliber with and you think would make a good match for exercise,” she adds.