Find a Workout Partner. If you have trouble motivating yourself to exercise, it may be time to find a workout partner. Exercising with a partner can have the following benefits:
- Serve as motivation. It’s hard to back out when someone is waiting for you.
- Make workouts more fun. While you want to find someone who will be as focused as you are, spending this time with someone else gives you a social connection and a common bond.
- Help prevent injury. You and your partner can monitor each other’s form and help make corrections before bad form leads to injury.
- Serve as a means of accountability. If you share your fitness goals with your partner, they can help to hold you accountable both inside and outside the gym (or walking and running trail).
If you decide to find a workout partner, here’s something to keep in mind. Researchers at Kansas State University found that people tend to work out longer when their partner was perceived to be more skilled and kept verbal encouragement to a minimum. This encourages people to work out longer and at a faster rate. If the workout partner is constantly offering encouragement, it can be taken as patronizing or condescending. I know that personally, when I’m running with a friend who is a better runner than me and they keep up a normal conversation, I feel like they’re treating me as an equal and not calling attention to the fact that I’m barely keeping up. This makes me feel better and motivates me to keep pushing myself.
Just remember, when it comes to exercising, you don’t have to completely rely on your own self-discipline. There’s definitely strength in numbers and having a partner can provide just the support you need.