While we all know it’s important to stay fit, trying to keep up with a workout routine on your own can be a challenge. You might find it difficult to stay motivated on your own when you don’t have someone else there to push you to work out every day. Even if you start out strong, if you don’t have a partner, you might find your resolve fading over time. Besides, working out with a friend is simply more fun.
Working out with a friend can be a great way to stay motivated and reach your fitness goals. In addition to motivating you, a workout buddy will challenge you in your areas of weakness while also helping boost your confidence. Below are five great ways to get fit while working out with a friend.
1. Sign up for a Class
Consider signing up for a class with your friend. Whether it’s a dance class, yoga, adult swim lessons, martial arts, or some other class, taking a class with your friend can be a great way to learn something new together, keep your workout routine interesting, and stay fit.
2. Try Walking or Jogging Outside
Regardless of where the two of you are in reaching your fitness goals, walking or jogging outside can be a good way to get in shape. Consider working out at intervals to suit each other’s strengths. In fact, walking or jogging at intervals can beneficial for improving both your speed and fitness level over time. If the weather is bad, grab your walking shoes and head to your local mall. Many malls even sponsor powerwalking times before the stores open for regular business hours, giving you and your buddy some time to get out of the weather while getting in your workout.
3. Do a Cardio Workout Together
A cardio workout can be an excellent way to get your heart rate up while boosting your strength and toning your body. Consider taking a group class, such as spinning, which will allow you both to work out at your individual fitness levels. As a result, you and your friend can both get the workout that is best for you, whether that is easy or challenging. If indoor cycling doesn’t suit the two of you, try performing cardio side-by-side at the gym with a couple of cardio machines. This is also an excellent way to work out together at your own speed, incline, intensity, and resistance level.
4. Outdoor Sports
Enjoying the great outdoors can help you spend quality time with your friend while creating a more active lifestyle and possibly even obtaining some new hobbies. Consider such options as canoeing, hiking, geocaching, camping, rafting, cycling, shooting a few hoops, or even tossing a football.
5. Strength Training
When you really want to increase your fitness level, strength training is an excellent option for doing so. By working out and spotting one another between sets, you will both be able to get in an excellent workout. You’ll find it easy and quick to switch the weights on most machines. Using dumbbells can also help you save time, so you don’t have to worry about continually switching weight plates in between sets.
Finally, remember that regardless of the type of workout that you and your friend opt to do together, don’t forget to stretch together. By being open-minded about possible workout routines and staying committed to working out together, you and your friend can reach your fitness goals in no time.