Similar to joining a club, agreeing to exercise with a friend gives you an incentive (other than to exercise) to do something active.
Motivating yourself to exercise through these cold months can be tough, so think about buddying up with a friend. It will help change your perspective of working out to something a little more enjoyable and sociable.
“Did you know that exercising with a friend gives you an incentive to do something active and it opens up a whole new range of possibilities for motivation?” Fransoa Ebersohn, Brand and Communication Specialist at Zone Fitness Clubs explains.
Here are a number of benefits why training with a friend can help you to reach your fitness goals:
It makes training more fun
When you train with a friend you will less likely get bored. While training with someone you can also have a great laugh and do some catching up, but most importantly, both of you will also get healthier in the process. This is a win-win situation.
Getting out of your comfort zone
Training with a close friend can get you out of your comfort zone. You will more than likely be more willing to try fun fitness classes like Zumba, Yoga or Step, which you possibly would not have tried by yourself.
Sticking to your commitment will be much easier
Sticking to your fitness commitment will be much easier when training with a friend. On days that you don’t feel like exercising, your buddy will always be there to support you to do your best. And as exercising becomes routine after a few weeks, you’ll both find it less challenging and will more than likely stick to your commitment.
“It is always fantastic to have someone that can motivate you in achieving your fitness goals. Research has found that people are more likely to lose weight if their exercise buddy is losing weight,” Ebersohn added.
It strengthens the friendship bond
Spending more time with your friends is excellent for mental health. Spending time together on a regular basis at the gym will help maintain your relationship and will make the bond stronger than it was before. It never hurts having someone you can vent to when needed.
“Training with a friend has a lot of benefits and Zone Fitness has special offers that you and a close friend can make use of,” Ebersohn also added.
This May they have special offers which include discounted group membership rates and new members will also receive a complimentary month which they can give to a friend or a family member. Some of the best memories are made at the gym and with these special offers Zone Fitness are looking forward to welcome all of you at any of their clubs.
For more information about Zone Fitness Clubs go to http://zonefitness.co.za/, or contact them at @ZoneFitnessSA (Facebook), @zonefitness_SA (Twitter) and zonefitness_sa (Instagram).