Pros and Cons of
Having a Workout Partner
When it comes
to performing your workouts, there are always to two sides of the
Some would say it's a good motivator; others feel that it would
interfere with your own pacing. Let's examine the factors involved in
working out with a partner and decide for yourself if you need one or
Advantages of having a partner:
- Having someone run
with you on chilly mornings or go through the circuits is always
welcome, especially if it takes a lot to make you leave the house.
- Researchers found
that a whopping 50% of people who start exercising drop out of their
programs within 3-6 months. When you're exercising
with someone, you're less likely to drop out of a regimen.
- You and your
partner, especially if you're working almost the same programs, would
benefit from healthy competition. One's progress would
hopefully inspire the other to exert a little more effort to catch up.
- If your partner
happens to be your significant other, exercising together is a great time for bonding and spending
time in each other's company, especially if you're both leading hectic
- Partners can assist
you in selecting the proper weights, suggesting workout variations, and
while you're on your last few legs.
- Couples working out
at the same time find being fit especially sexy and can
their sex lives a workout, too.
Exercise allows you to experience physical as well as emotional
intimacy and when you feel good about your bodies, you'll be surprised
at how your passion can get fired up.
- If you're working
out with someone you're living with, you'll also have more harmony in
the kitchen in terms of what to eat because of an increased health
awareness in each one.
Disadvantages of having a partner:
- Healthy competition can
turn into a "fitness feud". This happens when one tries so hard
to out-run, out-ride, or out-lift her partner. What should be a
relaxing activity, then, becomes a highly stressful preoccupation.
- You're sometimes forced
to extend sessions to another hour or so of chatting or
snacking. This isn't really a bad thing, but it might create an
awkwardness in the future, especially if one of you really doesn't have
that much time to spend.
- As much as having an
exercise mate can be motivating, it can also drag you down if your
partner isn't as focused as you are. It can be quite exhausting
to always be the one to give the push!
- Exercise schedules could sometimes
go awry when one or the other isn't available.
Whether you decide on exercising with a partner or going solo,
make sure you enjoy the experience. Workouts can do wonders for your
physical, emotional, social, and mental well-being, so give it as much
importance as you would any worthwhile endeavor.