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  • Writer's pictureClaire Harrison

Work out with a partner and feel the benefits

We all know how difficult it can be to get the motivation to go to the gym, go on that run, or get in the car and drive to the yoga class, pilates or Gyrotonic session. You might start off with the greatest intentions but keeping going can be tough!

It's well-documented that exercise and being in the company of friends is great for your mental health - so why not put the two together? Here are some key benefits of working out with a friend or partner:

Make it fun

Exercise is more enjoyable when you're doing it with a friend or a partner. Let's face it, exercise can be boring, but when you're doing it with a friend, it becomes a time to catch up as well as a time to get fit. And a quick trip to the local coffee shop afterwards is always something to look forward to. If you're working out with your partner, it can actually bring you closer together. Lab studies have shown after jointly participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity, couples report feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000).

Helps you achieve your fitness goals

According to Psychology Today when partners or friends care about fitness—their own and their partner’s—it becomes easier to achieve fitness goals. Sharing the ups and downs of a daily morning walk, a tough bike ride, a strenuous Zumba class, or a Gyrotoic session can keep motivation levels high.

It's cheaper with two

If you're really not into hitting the gym and don't like to attend big classes but prefer training or exercising with a professional on a one-to-one basis it's so much cheaper when you split the costs with a friend or a partner. You still get all the benefits of a personal training/exercise session but for half the cost.

Keep that motivation going

According to a research study, you'll be more likely to stay fit if you are surrounded by like-minded people. Having your friends as exercise buddies will keep it fun and there'll be a little bit of healthy competition which is great for motivation! These are some of the simple advantages you can gain by having your friend as your exercise partner. However, you both have to be committed and have similar goals.

Hayley Oxley now offers Gyrotonic sessions for two in Brighton and Hove at £30 an hour each instead of the normal £50 an hour - so what's stopping you!

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