Sunday, May 01, 2022

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? I have joined a gym but I’m not going regularly. I need to go work out but it’s boring. I’m just not motivated. If you feel any of these emotions when it comes to going to a gym then you are like most people. You may not need anything but a friend who is committed to joining you on your fitness journey.

According to, more than 40% of participants drop a fitness course shortly after it begins if they attend on their own? But if they work out with a friend, the dropout rate decreases to 6%.

Besides the obvious health benefits of working out with a buddy, there are many other advantages as well. Here are just a few…

Social Connection
When two or more people work together for a common goal they create a unity, a bond of sorts. When you and your partner achieve goals you celebrate together. It’s also nice to have someone to give you a few words of encouragement when you are experiencing an off day.

More Adventurous
It’s easier to try new things if you have someone to do it with you. You may just find an activity you love, turning your workout into a fun activity and less like a workout.

Less Stress
We rely on our friends and family when we go through stressful times. But did you know that having a gym partner may also help alleviate stress in exercise environments? In a small study published in November 2017 in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, group exercise participants reported a 26.2 percent reduction in perceived stress levels, which was more than study participants who exercised on their own.

When you have a friend working out with you it’s like having a safety net. If you are lifting weights they can be your spotter. Or maybe they notice you are using the wrong technique and correct you before an injury to yourself. You may just need someone there who can hand your water bottle to you. But they are there for you and you are there for them.

Evaluate your gym routine. Do you think you could use a friend or partner to come along beside you in your quest for a healthier life? If so, consider your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. Find someone who is as committed as you and begin a journey to a better life together.

As always we are here to help.