Finding a Workout Partner
The Beatles had it right when they sang “I get by with a little help from my friends”. Their mantra about having a friend whenever in need is also good approach to your workout. While it may seem counterintuitive to bring along a friend when you are trying to focus on working out, there are many benefits to be gained from having a workout partner.
One of the best benefits of having a workout partner is quite simply, having someone there while you workout. It can become very mundane logging miles on the treadmill with nothing but the sound of Lady Gaga belting out her songs in your ear buds. However, if you have a partner by your side, you can spend time catching up on each other’s weeks while also getting through your cardio routine. The time will move by quickly, but you are still getting your workout.
Just like eating the same food everyday is boring, so does repeatedly doing the same workouts. Another bonus to having a workout partner is variety. When you have a partner with you, they can help to mix up your workout with new exercises. Or maybe you can both try a new activity or class. Sometimes, it is easier to try something new when someone else is trying it for the first time as well.
Probably one of the best (and the most motivating) aspects of having a workout partner is setting a schedule. When you set up a standing date to work out with a partner, you are much more likely to go. If you do not go, not only are you letting yourself down, you are also letting down your partner. In her article for the American College of Sports Medicine,
Cherilyn Hultquist, Ph.D. explains “some people prefer the accountability of a partner [when working out].” Just as you would let down your boss when you do not show up for work, you will be letting down a work out partner.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing a workout partner is fitness level. While it is great motivation to work out with a partner, be careful not to pick someone who is too above (or below!) your current fitness level. For example, it may seem like a great idea to work out with the guy who runs six miles everyday. But if you are just starting a gym routine, you will not be able to keep up and most likely end up voiding your efforts all together. Make sure the person you pick is compatible with you and your fitness goals. Similar to dating, it might take some effort before you find “the one”.
Anyone looking for a workout buddy in the Santa Barbara area is encouraged to check out the SB Fitness Facebook page at SBF Facebook and post what you are looking for.