There are some days when you'll look at your alarm clock and second guess your decision to sign up for that early morning spin class. While it's easy to stay in bed and enjoy an extra hour of sleep, knowing that you have a friend waiting for you at the gym may help you to get up and get moving.
Another benefit of having a fitness accountability partner is having someone to talk to about the subject. Friends who aren't interested in the healthy lifestyle may not understand why you're so excited about perfecting your squat form, but your workout buddy will. This is the person that you'll be able to celebrate your victories and work through your frustrations with.
Enjoy Some Friendly Competition
Competition isn't limited to team sports. Having a training partner can help you meet goals because you'll want to share and compare your results. When your friend has an especially fast run or adds an extra set onto a weightlifting routine, it can serve as motivation to step up your own game.
You don't necessarily need to be competing to help spur each other along. Even being near someone else engaging in exercise can be motivating. Using side-by-side exercise bikes, for example, will make it easier to ride longer and with more intensity. Whether you realize it or not, you'll probably each be thinking that if the other person can keep it up, so can you.
Keep It Fun
There's a reason that group fitness classes are so popular. Instructors know how to keep the classes fun and exciting. The same is true for working out with a friend. Having someone to talk to and maybe even grab a post-workout smoothie with will make exercise more enjoyable.
Committing to workouts with a friend can also help keep you confident. A piece of gym equipment, a new workout routine, or a fitness class may be intimidating when you're alone. However, with a friend, you can figure it out together and have fun while you're at it.
Ralph Roberts can work with you and your partner to form a customized plan to help you both reach your goals. Find Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.