Motivating yourself to exercise isn’t always easy – that’s why it’s great to have a reliable fitness partner with you to keep your head in the game and make each session a little more enjoyable. However, not all workout pals are created equal, so it’s important to choose one who you are compatible with, both physically and mentally. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just hoping to increase your weekly physical activity, it helps to have someone you can trust by your side.
Here are some of the main qualities you should look for in a fitness buddy:
Sticking to a routine is much easier when you have someone showing up at the same time and place expecting you to be there, reported Shape magazine. You don’t want to let your friend down, and you sure don’t want to be let down yourself. Look for someone you know you can rely on who won’t ditch you or change plans last minute. Plan ahead to make sure you both stick to a schedule. Set specific dates, times, locations and workouts. Coordinating schedules can sometimes be tricky, but as long as you both have your Baby G pink series, getting where you need to be on time won’t be a problem.
A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, especially when it’s helping you reach your goals. A partner who slacks off or who doesn’t meet your level of fitness could impair your workout. However, working out with someone of the same fitness level can keep you motivated and willing to push yourself a little more. According to a study reported by Newswise, people who were paired with a workout partner they believed to be better or more fit than themselves worked out 200 times harder.
Energies can be contagious, whether they’re positive or negative. Going to the gym with someone who is constantly complaining, distracted or careless can interfere with your own progress, not to mention make the experience seem like a punishment. Your fitness partner should keep your spirits high and remind you of all the good coming out of your workout, reminded Psychology Today. Sure, not every trip to the gym is a piece of cake to get through, but having someone by your side to encourage you will keep you mentally tough and focused on what you want to accomplish.
Exercise is obviously not everyone’s idea of a good time, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. While it’s good to remain serious and focused during a workout, it doesn’t hurt to crack a joke every once in a while with your pal. Allowing yourself to have a little fun makes the workout session go by much faster and can improve your overall experience, reported Fitday. You should also feel comfortable around your fitness buddy and not afraid to make a mistake. Falling out of a yoga pose or tripping during a run happens to everyone, but it helps to have someone by your side to laugh off your embarrassment and regain your composure with.
A good fitness partner could be one of your most important workout accessories, next to your Baby-G BA110CA-4Awatch of course.
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