After weeks and weeks of staying motivated and working out I think that it gets harder to go to the gym, especially since I usually workout by myself (minus a few times).
I’ve always been torn when it comes to working out with other people or whether I should just work out solo. I always have a lot of fun when I’m working out with my friends and family, but at the same time I feel as though I’m not as focused on why I came to the gym in the first place.
After working out by myself these past two weeks I’ve realized that although working out with other people can be somewhat distracting, it makes it enjoyable (and that’s saying something).
This article lists a few different benefits of working out with friends, but I’m only going to talk about the few that I think are very important.
You’ll actually show up.
I know what you’re thinking…why does working out with someone else determine if I’ll show up or not? Well, I personally know that if someone else has scheduled me into their day with a workout I feel like I can’t back out. I don’t like to cancel plans (and I hate when people cancel plans with me). Also, if I know that someone else is going to be doing the same workout as me, I don’t dread it as much because at least someone else will be struggling along with me.
You’ll get a free therapy session.
The gym is suppose to be a time where you focus on yourself and your body, but I’ve noticed that whenever I’m working out with someone else I talk a lot more, especially if I’m with my best friend or cousin. With all of the talking you may not get as much out of your workout, but you will help your emotional health by venting!
They’re a free support system.
The best thing about having friends to work out with is that they want to see you succeed in your workouts. According to this article, having a support system is one of the most important thing that a person can do to have a successful long-term success in their health and fitness. This support leads to accountability and motivation and sometimes a little bit of friendly competition, like seeing who can do the most crunches.
“They can play the role of teammate, co-coach and cheerleader — all while working out,” says Michelle P. Maidenberg, PhD, MPH, and clinical director of Westchester Group Works in Harrison, N.Y in this article.
The article also discussed that it is wise to choose a workout partner that has similar fitness or health levels as yourself. It says that if you work out with someone who is at a different fitness level, that it might be a distraction and negatively affect your own workout.
Although working out with other people can have negative affects on your workout, I think that having a physical person that you know be around you when you are working out will help you stay motivated. Two is better than one as the saying goes.
Until next time…