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6 Things Will Happen When You Have a Workout Buddy

6 Things Will Happen When You Have a Workout Buddy

Working out with a buddy, or in a group setting, has many benefits. While there are times I enjoy quickly lacing up my running shoes and hitting the pavement alone, I also love exercising with friends. Whether it’s a workout class at a gym with a friend, an early morning exercise video with girlfriends before work, or walking my dog with neighborhood friends, I greatly enjoy having workout buddies. The social and physical benefits of exercising with others makes me feel great overall.

Do you have a workout buddy? Here are six reasons to consider working out with a friend.

1. You’ll have accountability

If you’re like me, you’ll show up to appointments you make with other people but it’s harder to keep commitments you make with yourself. Having a workout buddy provides you both with accountability. When you have a workout buddy, it motivates you to get to the gym at a certain time. It’s easier to get into the habit of exercising consistently when you put exercise on your schedule and you know someone else is counting on you to show up.

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2. You’ll have someone to try new things with

Being bored with an exercise routine is a common reason people stop exercising. Trying new activities can help prevent boredom with your workout regimen. Often, people are intimidated to try new things. Exercising with a friend can help give you the courage to try new workouts.

Whether it’s a new competitive sport, a fun and unique recreational physical activity, a group exercise class you’d be scared to do alone, or a weightlifting technique you haven’t tried, having a workout buddy can give you the push you need to get started with a new type of exercise. Varying your exercises not only relieves boredom, it allows you to strengthen different muscle groups.

3. You’ll always have a spotter

With certain weightlifting exercises, it’s important to have a spotter to prevent injury. Working out with a buddy guarantees you’ll have a spotter near you at all times. As always, if you have any questions on spotting technique, seek the assistance of a certified strength and conditioning specialist or certfied personal trainer.

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4. You’ll push yourself harder

Sometimes doing things in a group makes you push yourself harder. I know this is true for me; I’m not going to skip my last couple repetitions of a strength training exercise if I know someone is watching.

Working out is often the precursor to doing other awesome things in your life. When you prove to yourself you can push through those last two repetitions, or crush it in bootcamp class, or run that first race, you begin to realize you can do amazing things, and this confidence can transfer into other areas of your life.

5. You’ll get social time and workout time

This is one of my favorite reasons to exercise with a friend. Not only do we get our workout accomplished, we get some socializing in too. Although I love socializing over happy hour, exercising with a friend allows me to get my “friend fix” while working on out fitness goals, and I always return home feeling recharged socially and stronger physically.

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6. You’ll benefit from the camaraderie

The majority of people are social and enjoy spending time with others. Exercising in a group setting gives you the opportunity to interact with others in an invigorating environment.

Many people who start a workout class together have a common goal of improving their fitness, and along the way, they become good friends. What a great way to start new friendships.

In today’s world, where we are constantly connected over email and texting, putting down our phones and getting involved in group exercise can give you real, in person, connection with others as you work to get fit.

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It’s time to get out of your house, grab a friend, and get your workout on!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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