Like the old saying goes, two is just plain better than one. When it comes to working out, having a friend along for the ride – or lift – can really be beneficial! From improving muscle tone to boosting energy, working out has many benefits. But there are real benefits to working out with a friend. Learn why working out with a friend can help you get more out of every workout.

1. Fewer Missed Workouts: Scheduling a workout session with a friend helps you both stay accountable and makes sure you get every workout in. Meeting a friend not only motivates you to get the gym, but also motivates you to work harder during your workout. (CharterFitness.com(photo credit here)

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2. Motivation: “A 2012 study conducted by the University of Michigan found that women who exercised with someone who was at a slightly higher fitness level exercised about twice as long and with about twice as much motivation than when working out alone. This is because exercising with a partner can bring out a competitive streak that helps you boost your workout”. (SheKnows.com)
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3. Two is Better Than One: Working out with a friend can give you access to a number of different workout ideas. If your friend does a different workout than you, it will show you some new exercise options. Working out with a friend can also allow you to try workouts that are designed for two people, such as medicine ball tossing, exercises with resistance tubing or partner-assisted crunches. (SheKnows.com)
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4. Work Out Longer: It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun… or at least when you’re distracted. Having a friend to chat with between sets helps you focus on something other than just your workout – making the time fly. (Charterfitness.com)
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5. Safety: Working out alone can present many safety concerns, especially when lifting weights without a spotter. A friend to support you can help make sure you maintain proper form to prevent injury. Having a spotter allows you to increase the difficulty of your workout without risking your safety. (SheKnows.com)
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6. Recovering Together: After going through an intense workout you don’t want to ruin all your hard work with an unhealthy meal. A friend who works out with you is likely to want to join you in a healthy meal or snack post-workout. (Charterfitness.com)
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