We have talked about the importance of accountability (link to resources blog) more than once on this blog. Whether you work with a trainer or have access to our exclusive member videos, we firmly believe motivation is one of the keys to achieving a healthy well-being.
And what could be more motivating than having a buddy come with you on your fitness journey?
We don’t know if it’s a “misery-loves-company” mentality, but we do know that a healthy body and mind is anything but miserable. That’s why we’ve found our favorite ways to get moving with a friend…and some may not even feel like exercise!
From Swing to Salsa, dancing can burn some serious calories! In fact, depending on your weight, you have the potential to burn around 480 calories an hour (or more!) just by doing a bit of Mambo on2. Doesn’t twirling around a dance floor sound like way more fun than an hour on a treadmill? Grab a friend and look for dance classes in your area, or take one of the many styles your gym may offer including Zumba and Hip Hop.
If dancing isn’t your jam, try a sport like tennis or volleyball. Depending on your weight, Doubles Tennis can have you burning anywhere from 250-477 an hour, while sand volleyball with a buddy has the potential to burn up to 700 calories an hour! This all varies by weight, of course, but you’ll be having so much fun setting, spiking and slamming, you may not even care about calories!
Partner yoga is exactly what it sounds like—two people coming together to create yoga postures. You rely on your buddy for support (literally), and to help you maintain proper alignment and balance…and vice versa. As with “regular” yoga, it is a challenging practice that has many benefits like building strength and flexibility. It may also help you deepen your communication skills!
Lift Each Other Up
Strength training is an important part of any well-rounded exercise plan, but it can be daunting to do alone. Having a partner keeps you motivated while moving through sets, while also helping you keep track of rest time. And even if you’re not benching a ton of weight, it is still beneficial to have a partner there to help assist if necessary.
Which one of these motivates you to get moving with a friend? Try it out and let us know how it goes!http://www.livestrong.com/article/301045-calories-burned-playing-volleyball/