You Develop Consistency
Consistency is key to achieving any fitness goals, and it’s probably the hardest one to observe without strong support. A research published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology says that undergoing a weight-loss program with a friend helps patients complete the program and reach the target weight. Friends encourage you to stick to your goals. Once achieved, they nag you some more to keep at it, and not slip back into old unhealthy ways.
Friends Give You a Confidence Boost
An exercise together project for mothers and daughters proved that working out with a partner increases our perceived competence, strength, and muscularity through the Social Cognitive theory. We learn through observations, so bringing a confident buddy to the gym does not only provide comfort, but also boosts our own confidence.
You Get an Accountability Partner
Instead of getting a plant or a pet to develop a sense of responsibility, commit to a gym partner. It will reduce your tendency of skipping the gym knowing that someone is waiting or relying on you. You will also feel accountable for your partner’s fitness progress.
It Makes You Want to Spend Overtime in the Gym
Time flies when you’re having a good time especially when you’re spending it with good people. Research has proven that people who exercise with a friend spend twice as much time in the gym than those who go by themselves.
It’s more fun. Period.
Aside from the endorphins you already get from working out, having a friend to workout with instantly makes exercising less of a torture and more fun. A little chat or cheer from a friend might be all you need to finish the last few grueling minutes in your spinning class.
Imagine reaping all these benefits on top of the quality time you get to spend with your friends. There’s no way to lose! So, assemble your swolesquad and start planning your next workout.