5 Reasons to Get a Workout Buddy

January 4th, 2013 healthwiki Beauty,Weight Loss 0

While having a workout buddy might not initially rank up high on the list of things you want to do with a friend, it actually can be quite beneficial to your workouts, and can end up being better bonding time than your usual mid-week happy hour date. If you feel like you’re in a workout rut or are lacking the motivation to go to the gym, you may want to call up a pal and set a date to hit the weights. Here are five reasons why having a workout buddy can help you excel in your workouts:

  1. Accountability: On those days that you feel like skipping your workout and laying on the couch eating ice cream straight from the container, it can help knowing that someone else is counting on you to show up and work out. When you have someone meeting you for a workout you’re much more likely to actually go than to blow it off because you don’t want to let that person down.
  2.  Motivation: Having someone there that’s pushing through a workout right along with you can be just the motivation you need to power through the last mile of a tough run or finally up your weights at the gym. People typically tend to sell themselves short when it comes to how much they’re capable of accomplishing when they’re by themselves, and are much more likely to push a little harder when someone is next to them pushing a little harder too.
  3.  Perception: How many times have you been plodding through a workout watching the clock the entire time? Now think about those days and how much better they would have been if you had a friend there chatting with you instead. Having a workout partner to talk to can make an otherwise tedious workout fly by. All you need to do is get a good conversation going and before you know it you’ll be done.
  4.  Perspective: Sometimes you need a reality check when it comes to working out, and having a trusted workout buddy can give you just that. Maybe you need someone to tell you that you should be pushing yourself more, or maybe you need someone to tell you that you’re getting a little too intense on the workout front. Then again, maybe you just want to complain about a particularly tough workout or celebrate a new fitness success. Having a regular workout partner that understands these types of things can be paramount to your fitness goals.
  5.  Inspiration: Even if you work out with the same person on a regular basis, it’s likely that you’ll each have something that you’re better at than the other, which can help inspire you to become better in the area they excel at as well. Maybe you are an excellent swimmer and your workout partner is better at lifting weights – use these individual strengths to help you both become more well-rounded in your fitness journey.

Finding someone to work out with from time to time can be the key to finally pushing past a workout plateau or discovering a new goal that you want to accomplish, plus sometimes it’s just more fun when you have a friend sweating it out next to you. If you’re looking for a change in your workouts, try finding a friend to hit up the gym with first, it might be just the switch up you need.

Author Byline:

Ken Myers the editor in chief is a frequent contributor of Gonannies.com Ken helps acquiring knowledge on the duties & responsibilities of nannies to society. You can reach him at kmyers.ceo(at)gmail.com.

Fitness Programme: 6 Steps to Guide Your Selection

May 24th, 2009 healthwiki Weight Loss 0

Fitness programmes abound, from yoga and Pilates to step aerobics and strength training — either at home or in a gym. So which type of fitness programme is best for you? Use these 6 simple steps to find out.

Step 1: Assess your fitness level
You probably have some idea of how fit you are. But assessing and recording baseline fitness scores can help you set your fitness goals and measure your progress. To assess your aerobic and muscular fitness, flexibility and body composition, consider recording:

* Your pulse rate before and after a one-mile walk

* How long it takes to walk one mile

* How many push-ups you can do at a time

* How far you can reach forward while seated on the floor with your legs in front of you

* Your waist circumference at the level of your navel

* Your body mass index

You may also want to consult a doctor before beginning an exercise programme, especially if you have been sedentary or you have any chronic medical conditions.

Step 2: Determine your fitness goals
Keeping your fitness level in mind, think about why you want to start a fitness programme. Perhaps your doctor has suggested that you start a fitness programme to lose weight. If you are already active, perhaps you want to rev up your fitness programme to prepare for a 5K race or get ready for a favorite sport. Having clear goals can help you stay motivated.

Step 3: Consider your likes and dislikes
Next think about the types of physical activities you enjoy most. After all, a fitness programme does not need to be drudgery. You are more likely to keep up with a fitness programme you enjoy.

If you love riding your bicycle, consider a spinning class. If you have a blast on the dance floor, an aerobics class that includes dance moves would be a good bet. If you are a social person and like to be active with others, a gym or health club membership may be the ticket. If you prefer to exercise alone or you find health clubs intimidating, exercises you can do at home may be best.

Step 4: Think variety
Varying your activities (cross-training) can keep exercise boredom at bay. Cross-training also reduces the risk of injuring or overusing one specific muscle or joint.

When you plan your fitness programme, consider alternating among activities that emphasise different parts of your body — walking, swimming and strength training, for example.

Step 5: Do the math
By now, you probably have a sense of which type of physical activities might be best for you. But you also need to make sure that your choices are in line with your budget.

If a gym membership or home exercise equipment is too pricey, consider cheaper options for getting in shape. You can base a fitness programme around brisk daily walks and inexpensive hand-held weights or resistance bands. You might consider buying used exercise equipment — or sharing the cost with a friend.

Step 6: Go for it!
You have thought through your likes and dislikes and the pros and cons of various types of fitness programs. Now it is time to get physical! Remember to start slowly and build up intensity gradually.

Each workout puts you one step closer to reaching your fitness goals. If you get bored or lose interest in your fitness programme, do not be afraid to try something new. Reassess your fitness level and set new fitness goals. The result? A future of improved fitness and better health.