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June 18, 2019

5 Benefits Of Working Out With A Partner

If you’ve made a new years resolution to get in shape, you need more than just a promise to yourself. In order to see your goal through, you need to have a plan that keeps you motivated to work out. If you have a friend or romantic partner looking to get into shape, you should work out with them. These are five benefits of working out with a partner.

1. Motivation

Willpower can be difficult to summon, even if you try to force yourself. When you have a partner to work out with, you can be held accountable much more easily. However, you can’t just rely on them to motivate you. They’ll also be expecting you to hold them accountable. There should be a mutual relationship of support amongst yourselves.

2. Enjoyment

Working out with a partner gives you something to look forward to. Instead of viewing going to the gym as something to get over, you can see it as an opportunity to spend time with your partner. You can talk about your days while working out. You can also talk about what your personal workout goals are. You’ll still be breaking a sweat, but you won’t notice it as much.

3. Encouragement

If you’re struggling with any aspect of a workout, having a partner can make things much more bearable. Should you be feeling burnt out or demotivated, they can help you snap out of it. Their support can make an immense difference in your motivation. What once seemed impossible can now become very doable. Be sure to provide the same encouragement to your partner.

4. Advice

You might find yourself having difficulty with a certain exercise. When you’re thinking of giving up, your partner steps in with some advice. It turns out that this is exactly what you needed to hear. Be open to any and all advice from your partner. Their guidance should be appreciated.

5. Compete

Part of the fun of athletic activity is competition. As long as you don’t have an unhealthy desire to win, some competition with your partner can make working out all the more enjoyable. You could see who can swim the most laps, lift the most weight, or stay on the treadmill longest. Whatever you decide on, make sure it’s something that you can do without causing any harm to yourself or your partner.

When working out with a partner, it doesn’t feel like as much of a chore. Instead, you can enjoy the company of your partner and encourage one another. Plus, you can track your progress and marvel at just how far you’ve both come.

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