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Fitness Friends! The Benefits of Having a Workout Buddy ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜€

A few weeks ago I sent a survey to a whole bunch of girlfriends, Facebook friends and acquaintances to learn about their relationship with exercise: their views, beliefs, personal preferences etc. (shout out to all you fab gals - you all gave such awesome feedback! ๐Ÿ’•).


One of the questions was "How do you usually feel before, during, and after a workout?" and it was crazy to see how similar the answers were for most of the ladies! It seems like the thought pattern for pretty much all of us goes something like this:


- Before: "Ugghh noooo, I really don't feel like working out..." ๐Ÿค”

- During: "Okay this isn't so bad; I'm actually quite enjoying this now..." ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

- After: "I feel great! I'm so happy that I pushed through and did it!" ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽ‰


You know what can help us to move past those initial negative "Before" thoughts, or even avoid them altogether? Taking a Workout Buddy along for the ride!


(And don't forget - a personal trainer can be, and should be, the perfect Workout Buddy, too!)



Having a Workout Buddy can be a very effective method of staying on track and being consistent with your exercise regime, for a lot of reasons:


1. Having a Workout "Ride or Die"

I'm not a huge fan of the phrase "accountability partner" - I think it implies 2 people who feel pressure to do something they don't really want to do, or keep a commitment they don't want to keep. Having a Workout Ride or Die puts a different spin on things: even if you don't feel like doing the actual workout, you know you'll have a great time with your friend and you'll feel waaaay better for sticking to your guns and showing up! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘


2. Motivation and Encouragement

Find a Workout Buddy who pushes you in ways that motivate and encourage you; that inspire you and that make you want to keep going! This looks different for everyone. Personally, I love being pushed as hard as possible by a coach who gets really intense and raises their voice and forces me to dig deep and draw everything I have out of myself (let's put it down to a slightly masochistic tendency and years of tennis coaching and super intense fitness sessions ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿคฃ). My husband, on the other hand, most definitely does NOT appreciate being yelled at and screamed at by some red-faced maniac for the duration of his workout. Different strokes for different folks! Find someone who speaks your "Workout Language" - you'll soon see how much you look forward to exercise!


3. Motivating and encouraging them will motivate and encourage you!

This is pretty self-explanatory: when you're telling your friend, "Great job, just one more rep!" you inherently push and motivate yourself to do the same by listening to your own words.


4. Setting, Sharing, and Achieving Goals Together Feels Great!

For me, this is hands-down the most rewarding part of my job ๐Ÿ‘Œ Nothing feels better than helping someone outline and establish what their personal goals are, and then helping and seeing them achieve those goals! Sharing your victories (no matter how small) with a friend, and having them share their victories with you, is truly priceless.


5. Fitness with Friends is More Fun!

Time flies when you're having fun? Absolutely!


6. It's Easier to Try New Things With a Workout Buddy

For a lot of people, the idea of trying something new by themselves can be pretty intimidating. Going to a new workout class on your own can make you feel self-conscious and unsure of yourself (ever feel like you stick out like a sore thumb when you're the newbie? Yeah, me too!). Having a friend there puts us at ease because we have at least 1 person to talk to, and knowing that you're not alone can really make the new environment and situation less stressful.


7. Friendly Competition

We tend to push ourselves harder when we exercise with others, and doing some mini-race sprints/ intervals/ whatever with your Workout Buddy is no different!


8. You'll Mix Up Your Routine More

This is probably one of the biggest advantages to working out with your Ride or Die, because you're far more likely to try new things and be open to forms of exercise that you might never have considered trying before. I'm a huge proponent of the saying, "Don't knock it till you've tried it" (check out my Weekly Challenge YouTube video on this topic for a good laugh ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคญ). Give it a go - what do you have to lose??





It's a lot easier to move past - or even altogether skip - the "Ugghh no, I don't want to exercise!" attitude when you have a friendly face along for the ride. Change your mindset to one of "Woohoo, I get to spend time with my friend while doing something positive for my health!" and you'll reap enormous physical, mental, and emotional benefits! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ


Do you have a Workout Ride or Die?

What kind of motivational methods do you like your friend or trainer to use?

Have you ever tried a new type of workout from a friend's encouragement?


Love you guys, and always remember.....You are SO fearfully, wonderfully, amazingly, beautifully, exquisitely made!


Ciao for now ๐Ÿ˜˜


Andrea xx


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