One thing that keeps me consistent with exercise...
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If you are having trouble being consistent, read on...
If you are not finding the motivation to hit the gym regularly, opting for a ‘workout buddy’ might help.
Here’s an interesting bit of research: through ongoing studies, Stanford University has found that simply receiving a phone call asking if you are still physically active every two weeks can boost the amount of exercise you do by up to 78% (on average).
We all need motivation and having someone to be accountable to might help us stay on track. You are more likely to show up to the gym if you know there is someone waiting for you.
If there is something we learn from this study, it is that accountability is important. This study only focused on receiving a phone call. Now imagine you have a person to motivate you everyday face-to-face. Here are some more reasons to get a workout buddy:
Working out becomes fun.
Competition drives humans to bring the best out of us. Healthy competition between you and your partner will push you to work harder.
Easier to try new workouts.
Like they say: there’s power in numbers. When you’ve got someone else with you it’s much less intimidating to start using the gym, going to new classes, hitting the free weights, or just trying out new exercise equipment (e.g. kettlebells).
Keeps your form on point.
In a perfect world, your workout buddy would be a personal trainer with years of experience, who could show you the perfect form for your exercises. However, if your workout buddy has even a little experience, they should be able to help correct any obvious form mistakes.
Brings variety to your workouts.
Everyone comes with different sets of skills. You might learn something from your workout buddy that you did not know before. Maybe a change in training form or style can make you excited to continue hitting the gym.
Increases commitment massively.
It’s one thing bailing on your own workout, but it’s much, much harder to ditch a workout when you know you’re going to be letting your workout buddy down – not to mention the heat you’re going to get when you see them again.
How do you find a workout buddy? I really wish there was a Tinder for that ;)
Jokes apart, walk up to people at your gym, and make friends. You are sure to find one in no time.
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