3 Reasons to Work Out With a Friend

Trying to get more physically active? You don’t have to go it alone. How about working out with a little help from your friends? You and your workout buddy can cheer each other on.

If you have diabetes, getting regular physical activity is key to helping manage your blood sugar.

One of the most important things that you can do for your health is to get regular physical activity. There are so many benefits, from sleeping better to feeling happier. Regular physical activity can also help you:

  • Lose or maintain your weight.
  • Improve your memory.
  • Manage your blood pressure.
  • Lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

Physical activity is a foundation of diabetes management. It helps you manage blood sugar levels and lowers your risk of other complications, including heart disease and nerve damage.

When you work out with a partner, you’re likely to:

  • Feel more motivated. When you and your buddy encourage each other, you’ll work harder (and get better results!). And there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.
  • Be more adventurous. It’s easier to try new things with a buddy. You may just find an activity you love, one that feels more like fun and less like a workout.
  • Be more consistent. When someone else is counting on you to show up, you won’t want to let them down.

To enjoy all those benefits, you’ll need the right workout buddy. Look for someone with the same goals, schedule, and commitment you have. Someone who makes you feel positive and inspires you to hit the trail or treadmill on a regular basis.

How do you find the right fit? Talk to friends, co-workers, neighbors, people at the gym. Or find a buddy closer to home: What about a hike with your dog, who thinks every walk is the best walk ever? Now quality time is also fitness time. Good move! You could also try a workout app to connect with friends and others that share your goals and can help keep you motivated.

You Can Start Slowly!

You don’t have to spend hours at the gym. The goal is to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week. One way to reach that goal is to be active for 30 minutes on most days. Depending on your fitness level, you could start with a 10-minute walk after dinner and build up slowly.

Even if you like to work out alone, changing things up with a buddy every once in a while can help you work out harder and learn new things. You can always switch back to solo workouts any time.

Our bodies are made to move, and we feel better when they do. Just make sure to check with your doctor before starting any new or more difficult activity.

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