Health & Wellness

The Top 5 Benefits of Having an Exercise Buddy

September 4, 2015

So you have set your goal to exercise regularly.  You buy the outfit, feeling enthusiastic and ready for the challenge.  A couple of weeks in and the little voice in your head starts coming up with excuses for not exercising. “It’s too hot, It’s too cold, I’m too busy, It’s boring…..Sound familiar?  Your plans for a new you can easily become derailed.  That is where an Exercise Buddy can help.

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Here are 5 Benefits of Having an Exercise Buddy

1. Commitment

Once you have made a commitment with your Exercise Buddy and set the days and times you will meet, you are less likely not to show up if you are meeting someone.  Each Saturday, I run with my ‘Saturday Sisters’.  It is a long standing commitment we have made and we stick to this unless there are extenuating circumstances.

2. Accountability

Having an Exercise Buddy keeps you accountable.  If you say you are going to do 30 minutes of exercise you are more likely to do the full session if you are doing it with someone else.  You will do the 50 crunches rather than stop at 10 and say ‘oh that is enough’.

3. Motivation

Having an Exercise Buddy keeps you both motivated.  You can set goals and work together to achieve them.  My Saturday Sisters and I usually aim for a couple of fun runs each year and then train for them.  We select the ones we want to do, enter them and then train for them.  I couldn’t have run my marathon without the motivation of the girls.

4. Friendship

Having an Exercise Buddy is a great way to form a friendship and be social active.  I met my Saturday Sisters through my daughter and have formed a great friendship with them.  We run and chat about life in general and solve the problems of the world as we keep fit.

5.  Safety

Having an Exercise Buddy can provide safety if you exercise in an open environment.  There are many running or walking tracks and parks which are great for outdoor exercise however sometimes depending on the time of day they can be a security risk if you are on your own.

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  • Reply BritDeshiMummy September 6, 2015 at 20:31

    Great tips! It’s finding friends that are committed to exercising I struggle with haha! Years back I enrolled onto a kickboxing class and attended every lesson all because my friends were going too! I learnt so much ?

    • Reply sue September 7, 2015 at 08:03

      Perhaps you could find a social walking group or exercise class to help you. I’ve never tried kickboxing but it would be a great workout. thanks for your comment and stopping by

  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles September 21, 2015 at 22:51

    Great tips! I don’t like running with anyone else, but for exercise classes and walks I like having a buddy. Thanks for linking up with #BloggingToJogging xx

    • Reply sue September 23, 2015 at 09:38

      I like running with my Saturday Sisters as a social catchup but also like running on my own. Sometimes if I’m struggling I like a buddy with me! Thanks for the opportunity to link up.

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