HEALTH TIP: Workout + Friend = Fitness
It’s easy enough to start an exercise program, the tough part is sticking with it. Having an exercise partner will not only help keep you motivated and focused on your fitness goals, it can keep you accountable - you’re more likely to go to the gym if someone is waiting there for you. The company of a friend may also help you lose weight according to an investigation from the University of Pennsylvania, published last year. The study included 344 African American adults, 63 of whom enrolled alone and 281 who enrolled with a friend or family member. The participants were split into three groups: those who trained alone, those who worked out with a partner and received little coaching and those who worked out with a friend and had a high level of coaching. After two years, the participants who worked with a partner and received the most coaching lost the most weight. What’s more, those whose partners lost at least five percent of their body fat dropped more weight compared to participants with partners who lost less than five percent of their weight.
For many people who are just beginning to exercise, the greatest challenge is to make workouts more fun and less boring. If they don’t, many are likely to let the program slide before it becomes established as a daily, healthy habit. Make your workouts more enjoyable by exercising outdoors in interesting surroundings. Working out with a companion is another way to take the boredom out of repetitive physical activity. Time spent exercising with a friend goes much faster than the same time spent alone. #dherbs