It's National Friendship Day on August 4! What better way to celebrate than a workout with one of your pals? One of the best ways to stay on track with your health and weight loss goals is to find activities you genuinely enjoy. Whether you love going for a bike ride or live for trying out the latest fitness classes, it’s important to find a form of exercise that you’ll want to stick with because you find it fun! But even people who love breaking a sweat sometimes find it difficult to feel motivated to workout. That’s when a fitness buddy can come in handy.
We’re breaking down the benefits of having an exercise buddy and how they can help motivate you to stay on track with your fitness and weight loss goals. Read on–you may just want to call up a pal and get moving!
Motivation to get moving
When you aren’t in the mood to work out, it can be too easy to come up with excuses to stay on the couch. Maybe the weather is cold, you had a long day at work, or you simply don’t feel like it. Unlike legitimate reasons to skip exercising, such as an injury or an illness, these are excuses that a buddy can help you combat.
Have you ever noticed that it’s harder to get out of something when you have someone depending on you? The same is true for exercise. If you schedule your workout in advance with a friend and you know that they are counting on you to go, you’ll be much less likely to skip it. This is when peer pressure can actually be beneficial!
Make workouts more fun
Many people start a workout routine only to get bored with it soon after. Boredom is a common reason why people fall off the exercise bandwagon. One way to combat boredom and fatigue is to mix up your routine with different types of workouts. A simple change of scenery could reignite your motivation.
Recruiting a training buddy can also make you look forward to exercising. When you work out with a friend, getting your heart rate up can become a fun, social activity, rather than a chore. It’s amazing how much of a difference good company and conversation can make!
Enhanced stress relief
Exercise can also help boost your mood and combat stress.1 While yoga and tai chi may reduce anxiety, Pilates may help improve your sleep and swimming has been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression.2 The emotional benefits of exercise can be enhanced with when you work out with a friend.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Stress Management, working out with a pal increased participants’ feelings of calm after a sweat session.3 So instead of going for a walk solo, call up a friend–you may benefit from feeling less stressed post-workout than if you’d gone alone.
Greater confidence to try new exercises
Trying new exercises is a great way to keep your workout routine fun, but it can be intimidating to walk into a class alone. With a friend in tow, you may have the confidence to try that dance or circuit training class you’ve been eyeing! Knowing that you aren’t the only person in the class who has never tried spinning or yoga can make a new activity less intimidating.
Share your accomplishments
It is important to set fitness goals to help you maintain your progress and motivation. Although it feels incredible when you accomplish something you’ve been working towards, it can be even better to share with a friend. A workout buddy who knows your goals can help encourage and congratulate you when you reach special milestones. High-fives all around!
Having an exercise buddy offers a wealth of benefits, so ask one of your friends to join you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Another resource for motivation and weight loss support is your own personal Jenny Craig consultant. They’ll help you navigate through your weight loss journey and help you find inspiration to become a healthier you. Contact us to set up your free appointment today.
Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico.
Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple
Edited by Elisa - Jenny Craig