Finding the Perfect Summer Workout PartnerOne thing that makes working out a lot more fun is doing it with a friend. It really helps to have someone by your side fighting through a difficult workout and motivating you to stay on track.
The biggest benefit of having a workout partner is accountability. Ever have those days when sitting on your couch sounds a lot better than heading to the gym?
Well, when you have a workout partner, you can’t secretly skip out on workouts to watch TV. They’re there to hold you accountable to your goals just as you do for them. That’s why it’s important to find a workout partner who is:
Reliable. Reliability is probably the most important quality to look for because it’s easier to reach a goal when you have support system that you can count on. You’ll want to find someone who is able to prioritize your workout sessions on his or her calendar. And don’t forget to prioritize them on your calendar, too!
Motivated. Motivation is key when it comes to working out. Find someone who is just as motivated and excited about shaping up as you are. Talk through the reasons why you’re doing it so you can remind each other on days when one of you is feeling tired or defeated.
Fun. Do you have a friend who you can talk and laugh with for hours – even if you’re just sitting on your couch? That’s the kind of friend you want as your workout partner – a great conversationalist who can make your workout sessions feel more like a bonding activity. From chatting on the treadmill to enjoying a Balance Bar after a run, there are so many ways to make your workout sessions something to look forward to. In the end, your workouts may end up being as good for your mental health as they are for your physical health!
So now that you know what to look for in a summer shape-up partner, you can go ahead and start your search today. We hope you find someone who is reliable, motivated AND fun. Good luck!
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