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The Benefits of Exercising with a Workout Partner

The Benefits of Exercising with a Workout Partner

Making plans to get your heart rate up with a brisk walk around the neighborhood for 30 minutes (the big goal: that magic 10,000 steps every day)? Just like Mickey in Rocky Balboa’s corner, we're here for you with support and advice—cause nothing helps you gain the rewards of working out (e.g., better energy, muscle tone, a younger RealAge, a healthy heart and immune system) like having a workout partner to enjoy it with. Find out how friendship can boost your longevity.

Friends with workout benefits make your daily routine more fun whether they join you for your outing or stay in daily contact through e-mail or phone. No buddy to exercise with? You can sign up with a doctor for fitness coaching through the Internet to monitor your progress. A virtual exercise partner—say, a digital coach—may boost your output 24%. (Psst! Wanna know a secret? You can be your own buddy too. Walk with your iPod. You’ll go 11% longer without feeling the extra effort.)

Still, nothing makes activity as much fun as plus one. Searching for the right exercise group or partner?

  • Post a notice at your gym with your schedule to get others to make a “see-you-there” pact.
  • Put an ad in your favorite organization’s e-mail or paper and start your own walking group.
  • Get your kids or spouse to commit to an ironclad workout date once a week (or more).

Remember, 10,000 steps every day (no excuses) makes your waist thinner and brain younger!

Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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