Exercise is great for our mental and physical health, but sometimes it’s challenging to stay motivated. That is why exercising with a friend can be helpful! Working out with an exercise buddy is not only an opportunity to try creative workouts but also help to keep us motivated and push us to work harder. Here are 3 simple tips to get your buddy workout started:
1. Have a mini competition by setting a goal with your partner and see who can run faster or carry heavier weights. This encourages both of you to keep up to your workouts!
2. Stay accountable by doing short workouts together daily; try challenging one another to 20 push ups a day, then progressing it to 50 push ups and so on. You could also explore places by cycling or doing runs together while encouraging each other to press on at the same time.
3. Be creative by incorporating harder variation of workouts to your usual routine – adding variety adds fun to your workout together!
Work out your core muscles while encouraging each other with a clap. Reminder to keep your back straight throughout the exercise.
Work on your arms and thighs at the same time. Switch over when one buddy is done. This exercise has an added challenge to your usual push up or squat movement.
Hooking both your feet together and with knees at 90 degrees, lay on your back and sit up. To add some variation and challenge, consider passing a pillow or a weight to one another as you sit up.
Work on the mobility and strength of your arms and fit with this movement.
Work on your core strength and flexibility by passing a weighted object that you can find home. It could be a dumbbell, a sack of rice or a stool. Just be creative!
*note two options of Russian Twist photos below – one uses a household item while the other is with a proper gym equipment.
Picture of Russian twist with household object (ie book):