The Benefits of a Workout Buddy

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

When it comes to exercise, it’s difficult for some of us to commit and show up for ourselves. If you’re curious to see if you’re one of these people, take The Four Tendencies Quiz (5min) by Gretchen Rubin here.

Often if you are an Upholder or an Obliger, you’re more motivated to do something if someone else is relying on you. This can be the case when it comes to work tasks, your friends or family asking you to do things for them or not letting people down when you’ve made plans.

friends stretching yoga exercise

This tendency could work in your favour when it comes to exercise. Having someone to hold you accountable does absolute wonders when it comes to consistency.

Other benefits of having an Accounta-buddy, apart from just showing up, include:

  • Support, someone to cheer your on and listen to your struggles

  • Working out is a little more fun with someone to chat to

  • But you’ll push each other harder than you would on your own. A little competition can be healthy.

  • Someone to watch your form and spot you, which means you’re less likely to be injured

  • Safety in numbers if you’re out walking in the dark

  • You’ll be more likely to try new things

  • Your ego is kept in check

  • Because you’re showing up and working hard, you’ll reach your goals faster and you’ll quit quitting.

  • You won't stress out so much that people are watching you, which minimises that anxiety

  • Doing something fun with a friend that is good for your health will give you a confidence boost

  • Actually showing up and spending time outside your own head can be great for your mental health, even that short period of time away from your own shit can start to shift your focus to something more positive

  • It's an opportunity to get out of the house, chat, laugh, meet people, people-watch. OR you could do a workout at home in front of the telly or in the backyard. But you won't be alone, so you're more likely to do it, right?

How to pick a good workout buddy?

phoebe and Rachel Friends running in park jogging outdoors

Firstly, talk to your friends, family or co-workers about what you would like to do. Whether that’s start walking, go to a class, start up at the gym or something else. You’ll be surprised that once you start the conversation, others might perk up and express an interest as well. You can make plans to meet at a certain time or place and start together. Obviously talk to people who you know will show up for you, that you can rely on.

And even if they don’t stick it out past the 4 week mark, or you decide to go your different ways when it comes to exercise, that’s okay! By that stage, you’ll have tried a few different things, your confidence will have improved and you’ll be feeling better. You might have even made friends and don’t feel like you need to rely on that initial buddy to show up for you anymore. Otherwise, you might have found a new buddy entirely. And that’s all part of the process. (You know I had to use Phoebes and Rachel as an example somehow lol)

Fact is, you owe it to yourself and your family to be there for your loved ones in the future. Yes, it means a lifestyle change, but it doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. If you need a little help getting clear, motivated and seeing a path forward, give me a bell. I’m here for you.

Alternatively, if you'd like to proclaim your Intention, every Sunday on Strive's Facebook Group, we have an Accountability thread you can join. Just by writing it down you're more likely to succeed by 70%. Join here.

Love love,

Lizah xo

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