Improved fitness and weight management comes in pairs. Studies indicate that teaming up with a partner can help you achieve these goals.
In fact, you are three times more likely to make healthier choices with a “fitness friend.” Your companion may come in many forms. Besides say, a neighbor who has similar goals, you can pair up with a co-worker, a family member, and even a dog as dog owners have been shown to be more active and sociable. You can even resort to virtual companions like apps and online programs or attend local events like 5Ks as a form of communal incentive.
If any of these options are limited you can still choose a fitness trainer or gym for self-improvement. Either way you’ll reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and cultivate and improve relationships. And as a positive side effect your motivation and success will reciprocate.
- Studies show that women who support their friends have lower blood pressure and less stress.
- A fitness companion can add extra incentive to remain fit and healthy, like friends, pets or even through an app.
- Another way to stay motivated is through joining a fitness program or finding friends at the gym.
“When trying to stay fit and healthy, look for some extra incentive in the form of a fitness companion”