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Buddy up: 5 ways to convince a friend to workout with you

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Motivation

It’s no secret that doing exercise is important for a healthy life. But just because we know exercise is good for us, does that make us want to do it?

Finding motivation can be difficult, especially as we gear up for the colder, darker months of the year.

That’s why we encourage the ‘buddy system’.

partner exercises

There are countless benefits of exercising with a friend. Not only does it make working out more fun and social, but holds you both accountable for your own success.

We have compiled some ways to help you encourage a friend to be your workout buddy.

Tell them it’s a way you can both hang out

We all have friends who we wish we saw more of, but just can’t seem to fit into our daily schedule. For our own mental wellbeing, it’s extremely important to make time to see our friends. A great way to socialise with friends is to do some exercise together. Going for a walk is an easy way to catch up while also getting your body moving. So suggest it to a friend as an excuse to catch up while fitting in some exercise. It’s a win, win!

Tell them its free

free training with friend

If hanging out isn’t convincing enough for your friend to be your workout buddy, you could emphasis that exercise can be free. Usually when we hang out with friends, we might go to lunch, the movies etc. All of these social excursions can add up. By suggesting that you both join a free local class, or go for a jog together you both can catch up without spending any money. Have a look here at some of our free classes we have to offer at Live Life Get Active and bring a friend along!

Tell them it’s a way they can be more social

Group classes are a great way to meet new people with likeminded goals. Working out in a group setting makes exercise more fun, social and motivational. Live Life Get Active offers non-intimidating classes designed for people of all ages and fitness levels. By encouraging your friend to join a class with you, you can both be social and meet new people in a welcoming, easy-going environment.

Tell them you can both try two-person exercises

Working out with a friend means that you can try new exercises that involve two people. By exercising together you will be able to motivate and support each other.

Here are some suggestions for exercises you could try as a pair.

Sit up high-five

One person starts by lying down on their back with their knees tucked up. The other person stands near or on their toes. The person lying down sits up, keeping their hands extended and high-fives the person standing. Repeat 20 times, then swap spots.

Plank high-five

Both persons start by facing each other in a plank position. Hold the plank for 5 seconds, then reach out and high-five your partner with opposite arms.  Try and keep your core engaged and body stable in order to get the most out of this exercise.

Tell them you can celebrate together

Another perk of having a workout buddy is that you can both celebrate your progress and success. Often we overlook our improvements – maybe our running endurance improved or we have gotten stronger in our core. An exercise buddy will give you that outside perspective and be able to monitor your progress.

To book into a FREE 45-minute class with your buddy, simply head to our locations page and find your nearest camp. Then register or book into a camp for FREE from there.

Live Life Get Active is building a fitter, healthier and happier Australia and we want people to have fun along the way. With the help of Local Government and Corporate Australia we provide FREE health, fitness and nutritional education both online and in the parks, suburbs and cities of Australia.