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Cherie Burbach

Do You Exercise With a Friend?

By February 24, 2013

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I've had mixed results with exercising with friends. Sometimes I'm raring to go, and they'll be less into it and then we won't really work out like we had planned. Other times, I'll have a friend that is so into it that they don't seem to want to hang out or converse like I enjoy doing, and then we don't stick with it. It's tough to find the right balance when it comes to working out with someone.

I read this interesting Wall Street Journal article that talked about this recently. They referenced a study by the University of Santa Clara that looked at "the psychological benefits of exercise" and "found that social contact generally enhanced the mood and enjoyment of exercisers." Equally important to note: "Mood improvements were especially noted when exercising with a friend the participant felt most comfortable with."

I think that's the key, don't you? If you're not totally comfortable (or on the same page) with a friend when it comes to exercising, you won't help each other. Some friends bond over the habit of exercise, while others look at exercise with a friend as a way to connect and chat.

What's been your experience with exercising with a friend?


February 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm
(1) Vicki says:

It seems like it almost depends on the type of exercise. I think it’s always nice to take a class with a friend. It gives you extra mmotivation to get there. And walking is always great with a friend. But with some solo sports such as running or swimming, those activities definitely need a lot of internal motivation and sometimes a partner can derail you.

February 25, 2013 at 10:17 am
(2) friendship says:

Good point. I think classes are a good thing to do with friends, too. I have a hard time going to the gym with someone else, or even walking with them. But with a class I’d feel more comfortable going with a friend, especially if it’s about something new.

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