When I first started working out I was a lone wolf.
:: Two of my favourites - Eddie and Jill, I LOVE her classes ::
I would run alone, do abs in my room alone and thought that the only way I would ever enjoy a workout was to be alone.
I have been lucky enough to have had awesome workout buddies that have changed my mind completely. Now I almost never workout completely on my own. I LOVE the social aspect of a great class or a run with a friend. It is nice to push and be pushed by friends in fitness.
1. You will be more motivated.
Let's be honest ... the hardest part about the gym is often just getting there! Having a plan with someone is a great way to overcome gym-fear! The number ONE thing that makes a great workout buddy is integrity. I'd rather workout with a slow person than a no-show person! One of the worst things you can do to me is cancel a workout we had planned. Do not be this person! I will admit, I'm far from perfect ... I've cancelled my fair share of workouts too! But I really try not to let my buddies down.
2. You will have more fun.
Newsflash - sometimes working out can be BORING. Having a friend there makes it SO much better! Instead of a dinner or drinks after work plan a workout with a friend you haven't seen in awhile. You'll have way more fun together and kill two birds with one running shoe!
3. You will get more done.
The amount I accomplish with a buddy vs on my own is incredible. I usually get twice the workout in and also get to see a friend.
4. You will have good looking friends.
Researchers at Harvard University found that you can "catch" obesity (along with smoking and happiness) because it spreads like a disease! The experts found that a person's risk of becoming obese rises by 2% for every five obese social contacts they have. Isn't that CRAZY?! But when I think about it this is true. The way we eat and move is so often linked to the social world around us. Be the leader - your friends will thank you for it!