Everything’s more fun with friends—and that definitely includes exercising. Not only is it more enjoyable, but there’s proof a workout partner can make your exercise more effective. One study found that an exercise buddy can boost cardio results. Another found that women could lose a third more weight by exercising with a friend than by themselves. And when you pair up with a friend you think is better at working out than you, you can increase your “workout time and intensity” by 200%.
A little friendly competition can certainly encourage you to push harder. But you don’t need loads of research to know that working out with a friend is basically a two-for-one deal. You get some quality hangout time while also staying on top of your health goals.
To maximize your fun and fitness, set a regular day and time for your “workout dates.” This helps you plan ahead and gives you built-in accountability and encouragement to make sure you stick to your goals. It’s harder to skip a workout when you know someone else is depending on you to show up!
You can stick to a workout you know, or try something entirely new to both of you. There are so many options to choose from:
Whatever activities you choose, your workout pal may be one of the most important factors in successfully reaching your exercise goals. Even more, a good friend can make working out a more important and enjoyable part of your life.