Relationships: What Friends and Couples Who Work Out Together Know That You Don't

Updated: Mar 1

Do you find yourself struggling with motivation when it comes to working out?


It can be hard to maintain the focus day in and day out, especially if you're trying to do it on your own.


Unless you have a specific date for a competition coming up, hitting the gym each week can be a challenge of your willpower.


There is a better way than gritting through on the strength of your continuously depleting willpower.




The Power of Shared Experience


Going to the gym with others is good for your relationships, and emotional health, not just your physical health.


Studies show that couples who engage in a novel or exciting activity together experience greater satisfaction in their relationship. They also experience increased feelings of love toward each other.


Friends experience similar benefits when working out together. Not only are their relationships strengthened, but they are also happier people as well.


Studies show that happiness and overall individual sense of well-being is enhanced when people share their positive experiences and when they give and receive positive feedback.



Accountability Encourages Successful Habits


You are 65% more likely to meet a goal once you commit to someone else, according to a study conducted by The American Society of Training and Development.


That's why you're more likely to show up to the gym when you know someone is waiting on you than you would if you're flying solo. It's so easy to talk yourself out of working-out, giving yourself excuses like you have too much work to do or you're too tired, or you'll go tomorrow.

Changing behaviors like committing to a workout plan are easier when you have companionship and support from your friends.


Successful fitness habits, as with all practices, are built on repetition. So once you start the momentum of meeting friends at the gym, the more likely you are to keep going.



Friendly Competition Increases Commitment and Raises the Bar


While some people may thrive on solo workouts, most people find it more motivating to work out with others. Throw in a dose of friendly competition, and you have multiplied benefits to your workout.


A study conducted by The University of Pennsylvania showed that competition motivated participants more than social support, and attendance rates were 90% higher in the competition-motivated groups than other groups that had no competition at all.


Competition also raises the performance bar. When you're competing against someone else, you're more likely to push yourself just a little harder, even if you're not a competitive person. You're motivated to give just a little bit more to edge out #2 and widen the gap between first and second place.


Team Building


Nothing is quite as much fun as participating in a dynamic team. Team building enhances relationships and helps individual members to be better than they would be alone. That's why businesses spend so much money on team building events for their employees.

When you know you're part of something bigger than yourself, you want to do your part and keep pace with your teammates. No one wants to be the weakest link.


Through teams, relationships are strengthened by a sense of camaraderie that cannot be achieved alone.


Using the collective wisdom of teams, you're better through sharing best practices and ideas.


Your workouts are more productive, and you will get results faster.

It all helps you individually and collectively to be better and stronger.


Team members encourage one another. That moral support helps you to keep going when you'd rather open a bag of chips and sit on the couch.



Conclusion


Hitting the gym together makes relationships stronger. The power of shared experience has been proven to make relationships more satisfying and individuals happier overall. Accountability encourages successful habits, friendly competition increases commitment and raises the bar, and teamwork makes you a better person. All of these benefits enhance your workout experience, making you stronger, healthier, and more fit.


At The Blueprint Experience, we make working-out at the gym together fun and easy. With a variety of classes to choose from, leader boards to participate in, and trainers to work with, your fitness game will reach a whole new level in 2020.


Come in today to learn more about fitness that moves you!


ABOUT OUR AUTHOR:

Blueprint member Kaylene Mathews is a freelance writer specializing in health and fitness, and personal development. Learn more at www.kaylenewrites.com.

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