The Ben­e­fits of hav­ing a work­out buddy

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Life is all about bal­ance... with bal­ance in your life ev­ery­thing else seems to fall into place. So when it comes to choos­ing your work­out buddy choose wisely. Make sure the pair of you have bal­ance, en­sure you are both mo­ti­vated and even though you may have dif­fer­ent work­out goals you must both be com­mit­ted. In the long run it will make your ses­sions fun and above all pro­duc­tive. When it comes to work­ing out some peo­ple like to be alone with their own thoughts to get into the zone, turn on their head­phones and shut off from the world. Other peo­ple get en­joy­ment from work­ing out with oth­ers. It can be much more fun go­ing through a stren­u­ous work­out with some­one by your side to laugh and cry with. What­ever your pre­ferred work­out style, a work­out buddy may add to your weekly work­outs and bring you a new sense of en­ergy you lacked work­ing out on your own. A work­out buddy can be ben­e­fi­cial not only to your health but to your men­tal well­be­ing and aid the pro­duc­tiv­ity of your over­all work­outs. Work­ing out with a part­ner means that you have some­one there to keep tabs on you, some­one to mo­ti­vate you when you want to give up and some­one to get you back on your feet again when you quit or fall over. Much of the time work­ing out can be a gru­el­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially if you have goals that you want to achieve. You can get so caught up in your own head that you ei­ther give up or are com­pletely put off from start­ing in the first place. Hav­ing a work­out buddy means you are li­able to ac­tu­ally turn up to a ses­sion and be on time. It means you need to bring your ‘A’ game be­cause part of the ex­er­cise might re­quire your help, you may be needed to spot your part­ner dur­ing a weights ses­sion. It also keeps you fo­cused, in the zone and stops any time­wast­ing through­out the ses­sion. They key to a suc­cess­ful work­out buddy is com­mu­ni­ca­tion. If you can com­mu­ni­cate with your work­out buddy when you are tired and on your last legs with­out scream­ing back at them, then you are half way there. Let them mo­ti­vate you by words of en­cour­age­ment and you can do the same when it’s their turn. Tell each other your goals, whether it be weight loss, im­proved car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness or flex­i­bil­ity so you know ex­actly where you are both head­ing. The Bu­la­li­cious Ac­tivewear team have put to­gether a few part­ner ex­er­cises that you can try with your new work­out buddy: 1) Box­ing and pad work : Use your part­ner to work on your up­per­cut or kick box­ing skills, by get­ting them to stand with two box­ing pads in front of their chest while you demon­strate your best Rocky moves and re­lieve some of that built up stress. Make sure they have a firm stance, with bent knees and keep the pads mov­ing to add va­ri­ety to your jabs. When you kick make sure you are trans­fer­ring your weight from your

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