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Top 5 Reasons Why Having a Workout Buddy Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health

Exercise + Workout Buddy = A Powerful Combination. 

Want to know the secret to achieving your health and fitness goals? Consistency. 

Research indicates that having a workout buddy keeps you accountable and increases your likelihood of success. And there’s nothing stronger than the bond between friends, family or a fitness community to motivate you to reach your goals. 

But let’s face it—there are 100s of reasons why you should skip your next workout—family obligations, dinner plans, after-work drinks or a number of other “more fun than working out” activities. No wonder it’s so easy to quit! 

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That’s where a workout buddy comes in. There is power in being held accountable. Why? Someone other than yourself cares about your health and well-being and motivates you to keep going. 

If you’re still on the fence about accountability partners, here are the top 5 reasons why having a workout buddy is the best thing you can do for your health.

You’ll Be Held Accountable

The journey towards a happy and healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, especially when you have to do it alone. With an accountability partner, you’ll have someone in your corner, helping to motivate you, dispel your fears and hold you accountable when you’ve canceled the last few workouts.

When someone is waiting for you at the gym, it’s a lot harder to skip out. Having the accountability of a workout partner will keep you going, even on those days you just don’t feel up to it. 

You’ll Enjoy Your Workouts More

In a recent study, participants who worked out with friends, co-workers or family members enjoyed exercise more than training solo. It certainly makes sense.

You like hanging with friends, right? And you most likely enjoy exercise (or at least the post-workout feeling). Why not combine the two and double up the fun? 

You’ll Push Yourself Even Harder

Is your workout buddy fitter than you? That’s a good thing! Studies suggest that people who exercise with fitter workout buddies train up to 200 percent harder and longer.

Why? Like it or not, you’re naturally competitive. When you’re training side-by-side with a fitter friend, you’ll try to push yourself harder to keep up the pace.  

You’ll Stop Quitting What You Started

When you’re training alone, it’s so easy to talk yourself out of it. “I’ll do it tomorrow,” or “this can wait,” becomes regular dialogue on your way to the gym. But when someone’s waiting for you, this negative self-talk diminishes.

The same can be said for slacking off during workouts. You’re going to push for that extra rep when someone’s there encouraging you to give it your all. 

You’ll Reach Your Goals Faster

Remember what the key to achieving your health and fitness goals is? Consistency. When you stay consistent with your training and push yourself harder and longer, you’ll reach your goals faster than when you’re only attending the gym occasionally and slacking off when you do actually get there. 

How to Find an Accountability Partner

Surround yourself with like-minded people who share a similar goal path as you. If you don’t know where to start, ask a trusted friend or family member to join you, sign up for a group fitness class or download the Gymondo app. Having someone to work out with—either virtually or in real life—makes a huge difference in the quality and frequency of your workouts and is way more fun than doing it alone. Sharing even the smallest achievements with others induces a serious feel-good factor. 

Invite a friend to Gymondo and you’ll both save 25% on your membership. And if you’re super popular, you’ll save even more! For every friend you invite, take an additional 25% off your membership fees. It’s a win-win!

*For the discount to apply, your friend must start a Gymondo membership after their trial period ends.

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