It begins here: your secret weapon to kicking your exercise goals out of the park
The spark to your sedentariness, the kickstart to your catatonic state, the dynamite for your dreariness - and it’s not a magic pill or a new pair of expensive trainers - read on...
New year, new fitness goals, but alas pretty much the same bod. Sigh. We feel ya. Sometimes finding the inspo to break out the joggers can be all too overwhelming, and if you’re anything like me, then there’s a good chance your new year’s resolution to be more active is already looking a little shaky. In addition to actually finding the time to be active with a stage five clinger baby (or in my case three), the other big factor is mustering the motivation to exercise when you’re super duper sleep deprived. But what if we told you we have discovered the secret weapon to overcoming your exercise excuses? The spark to your sedentariness, the kickstart to your catatonic state, the dynamite for your dreariness - and it’s not a magic pill or a new pair of expensive trainers - but rather the humble exercise buddy.
That’s right, research shows having an exercise buddy has so many profound benefits, and whether it’s a power walk with your best pal or a group exercise class, this is one secret weapon you need in your active lifestyle arsenal. In case you need any further convincing, we’ve put together a list of reasons why YOU should be working out with friends.
There is nothing worse than that dreaded feeling of guilt when you let your friends down, but if you’re working out with a friend or in a group, people are counting on you to show up, so you’re far less likely to skip a workout. It’s so much easier to miss the scheduled exercise sesh when the only person counting on you is yourself.
It’s great for mental health
Exercising, in general, has been a great way to improve mental health, but as The American Osteopathic Association note, working out in a group setting actually lowers stress by 26 per cent, and significantly improves the quality of life. It’s a win-win situation. With one in four postnatal women suffering from a maternal mental health issue, exercise can be a big factor in reducing the risk, the duration and the severity of conditions like postnatal depression.
You’re more likely to push yourself
They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with and the Journal of Social Sciences backs up this statement in outlining that the healthy actions of others rub off on us, which is great if you’ve got active, healthy friends. (Less so if your family are Tim Tam eating champions, but I digress). Similar to not wanting to let anyone down, research shows you are far more likely to work harder if there is somewhere there to witness it. In addition, if you’ve got the slightest competitive bone in your body there is a good chance you will be out there pushing harder to keep up with your friends’ fitness level.
It’s social and fun
If you’ve never exercised in a group setting then you’re missing out. Group exercise is the human triple threat equivalent - a great way to get out of the house, be active and also be social. As Northwestern Medicine reports, sharing the highs and lows of exercising with others isn’t just motivating, but it also helps form a network that supports your health and wellness goals, which is particularly important in the postnatal period. Healthline also notes that the more contact or social support that people have during exercise leads to greater results...just remember to keep moving when you’re in the middle of a juicy MAFS recount session. (Oh my gawd, no she didn’t!!!)
So, have we convinced you to quit using your tights exclusively as loungewear and use them for exercise as well? Hooray! We know how powerful a weapon an exercise buddy can be and to further motivate you and your bestie to get active, we have a special giveaway for two lucky ladies this week. All you have to do is like this post, make sure you are following us on Instagram, and tag a friend you would work out with - and you could win 2 x $100 gift vouchers. Our giveaway ends on 15.2.19 so get in quick mamas!
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