You don’t have to do it alone
Let’s face it, getting motivated to exercise can be a tough task, there are so many other things you have to do or want to do. That is the first reason an accountability buddy is important, it’s someone to give you that tap on the shoulder to say, “come on let’s do this, I’m in it with you”. If you know someone is depending on you to get something accomplished, you are more likely to hold up your end of the bargain and not bail on them, and vise versa.
Some friendly competition is healthy
When you exercise alone you don’t necessarily go “all out” or challenge yourself. Now don’t get me wrong, some people can motivate themselves, but in general, you will just go through the paces, check the box, and not push yourself. When you exercise with someone else there tends to be a bit of competition or a little more drive by each person. We definitely see that in group fitness classes, there may be a quick glance to see what weights someone else is using that will then give you some drive to try a bit harder.
It’s time spent with a friend
Unfortunately, we are all over-scheduled, so using exercise as time to spend with a friend is not only healthy for the body but also for the mind. It gives us an excuse to slow down and enjoy the company of another person, that we may not get the opportunity to see or talk to, if not for exercising together.
I hope the next time you think about exercising you ask someone to join you. You may just help someone be healthy BEFORE they NEED to be healthy! It’s a good feeling!