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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!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0270/Gregor via flickr.com

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Why Helping Others Actually Helps Yourself

Why Helping Others Actually Helps Yourself

Helping others: it’s a fundamental part of humanity, bonding together and helping a fellow man or woman. In times of tragedy, the stories of those who help others are inspiring, such as helping the nation recover from national disasters and terrorist attacks. Some men and women even devote their lives to helping others, from the police force that protects our cities, to the fire departments who run into burning buildings, to the service men and women who risk their lives for the common good.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank

But helping others isn’t limited to these grand gestures or times of tribulation. Helping others can be done each and every day. And contrary to what you may have heard, helping others doesn’t always have to be a selfless act. It’s important to understand that helping others can actually help yourself. No matter what the motivation, getting out and helping others is the key. So in that spirit of motivation, here are 5 reasons why helping others actually helps yourself.

1. Quid Pro Quo

When you help someone, they will be more likely to help you. This is the basic, unspoken agreement that fuels nearly every move. I’ll spend my entire day lugging boxes, but you owe me. It’s much easier to find help when someone knows you’d do the same for them. They may not always live up to their end of the bargin, and you may not either. But if you help enough people and do many good deeds, it will be given back when needed.

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2. Karma goes both ways.

All too often, the idea of Karma is described in a negative way. If you do bad, bad will come find you. But it works the other way too. When you are a good person and help people, good things seem to happen. And while you may not believe in an inter-connected universe that rewards good deeds, there is something to be said about how helping others changes your perspective. When you’re helping others, you will often feel better about yourself, increasing the likelihood that your next experience will be a positive one, rather than a negative one.

3. Doing good feels good.

It’s maybe the most cited benefit of doing good: you’ll feel great. Helping others is a great way to feel better about yourself. Seeing a smile or even tears of joy makes it all worth it. It’s as simple as that.

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4. Good publicity is the best publicity.

People notice when you’re doing good. It may not be the reason you help out, but someone is always watching. Even the simplest gesture can make an awesome impression.

When I was in college, I had a class that helped out at a school for a full day. I worked with a small group of high school students who were incredibly interested in writing, and I had a great time. I asked the teacher if I could come back on my own time and work with these students to finish this project we were working on, to which she agreed.

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I went two more times that week, thinking nothing more about it. Fast forward a few weeks: I received a letter in the mail stating I had been chosen as a Presidential Grant Recipient for the summer and received a $2,000 stipend to work with a group of students and professors on a research project over the summer. I was floored, as I hadn’t even applied. I was nominated by that teacher who appreciated the work I did with her students. It wasn’t expected, but helping others ended up opening a door I never would have known was even available.

5. Helping others looks good on a resume or application.

Is your resume looking a little thin? Does your college application need a bit of pizzaz? Volunteering your time and energy to help others makes your resume and applications look as good as it makes you feel. Hiring managers look favorably on volunteer work and many acceptance committees use it to separate similar candidates. So read to some first graders, volunteer at the homeless shelter, and volunteer at your local Boys and Girl Club. Your resume will thank you.

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