Buddy Up: A Workout Plan That Will Stick

Can’t seem to find a workout routine that you actually stick to? The issue isn’t the type of workout. The key to success here is motivation. When it comes to working out, having a friend along for the ride- or lift- can really be beneficial. You need a buddy to hold you accountable and influence you to keep it up.
Scheduling your workout sessions with friend forces you to carve out specific times to exercise. It not only motivates you to get to the gym, but pushes you to work harder and longer during your workout. A 2012 study conducted by the University of Michigan found that people who exercised with someone who was at a slightly higher fitness level exercised about twice as long and with about twice as much effort than when working out alone.
Working out with a friend can also give you access to different ideas and inspiration that you may have never tried on your own. It makes working out more fun and enjoyable, upping the release of endorphins even more. Take turns selecting different activities and routines to shake things up and workout a wide range of muscles. So grab a friend and get to it. Like the old saying goes, two is better than one.

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