Why You Should Exercise With a Partner

January 22, 2014

We know how it is: you want to get fit, but finding the motivation is half the hurdle. But did you know that statistics show that women have twice as much motivation to get out there and achieve their goals when they train with a partner or a group?

Fitness and yoga expert, Kate Kendall from Sydney’s Flow Athletic says keeping company while you exercise is a strategy for success.

“We find that not only do our clients have a lot of fun when they train with a partner or a group, but they often work harder too. We design many of our outdoor classes around partner work as we find that everyone gets so much out of it.”

Kate’s tell us how training with a partner can really boost your health and weight loss goals:

1. Share your goals
Whether they are weight management, finishing a marathon or to see a little more definition in the abs, your friend can help keep you accountable in those times when things get tough!

2. Have a laugh
Laughing triggers the release of natural feel-good chemicals, improving your overall sense of wellbeing. When done with a partner it tightens your bond making you more likely to want to get up at the crack of dawn to train with them.

3. Eye of the tiger
A little bit of banter and healthy competition never hurt anyone. If you can be picky, choose a workout partner who you know has a little fire in their belly and will want to push themselves to beat you.

4. Share the expertise
Two heads are better than one when it comes to getting fit. Talk it out and share your learnings with your partner. You’ll accelerate your results and both get across the finish line faster!

5. Give back
Encouraging a partner and helping them achieve remarkable things for their health can have incredible ripple effects and be great for your own sense of wellbeing.  Do it and see what happens.

Do you train with a partner or in a group, or prefer to exercise by yourself? Tell us in the comments!

To help encourage Aussie women to start the New Year with a boost to their exercise regime, Special K® has partnered with New Balance to offer a free training top in exchange for the purchase of three specially-marked packs. Let’s get training!

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