It takes two to tango…literally and figuratively! And two may beat one when it comes to walking, jogging, and biking as well. New research suggests that finding an exercise partner can increase the amount of exercise you do. Compared with participants who stuck with their usual exercise routine, those who found a gym buddy exercised more during the eight-week study. While this study was brief, previous research has shown that working out with someone else helps you stick with an exercise routine even six months later. The most helpful qualities in an exercise partner are not what you might think. It’s not punctuality or the ability to spot you while you bench press or a “no pain, no gain” mentality. Emotional support and encouragement trump practical support. So seek out a kind, like-minded friend, neighbor, or co-worker with similar fitness goals, and hit the pavement (or trail or tennis courts) together!
Source: Received social support and exercising: An intervention study to test the enabling hypothesis.
“Surround yourself with fitness minded people. Positivity can be so contagious” Anonymous