Buddy Up for more success (in love and weight loss!)
A 2016 study at the University of Aberdeen shows that exercising with a companion increases the number of exercises people do. This may not be a surprise. What is interesting, however, is the type of support that people thrive with. The researchers divided the support into two types, emotional and instrumental. They found that people exercised more when their companion offered emotional support, e.g. B. encouraging rather than practical support, as if never missing a session.
But we don't need the research to be believed. Evidence of how successful the buddy system can be was highlighted recently when we noticed a group of motivational clients on our FB page who were in contact with each other, sharing tips on losing weight and their own success stories. New friends and new characters! We also often see couples on a weight loss journey together (if interested, please contact us directly to inquire about a couple discount).
When you work in a “buddy system” you support each other – some days it may not be you to get up from the couch and go outside to exercise, other days you may have to encourage yourself to be or out the door cajole. Just the "pressure" not to let someone down is often enough to get you up and running – and you will never regret it afterwards.
You could make regular fitness appointments with your weight loss partner. How about taking part in a spinning class together? Or something more gentle like yoga or pilates? And it doesn't have to cost anything. You could try jogging through a nearby park twice a week and bring a stopwatch to measure each other, or even taking a decent hour-long walk twice a week could make a big change in your shape and energy levels (no matter yours Relationship!).
Where to start
Why not recruit your own weight loss buddy this week and see how it goes? Ask a friend, colleague, or even someone from your motivational clinic to join forces with you, for about the next 8 weeks. It could be your partner at home, too – maybe you decide together to ban sugar and alcohol for a couple of weeks and work hard to support each other to get healthier during those 8 weeks. Or take this walk together every evening or every other evening. It's a great way to get active and catch up without being distracted by screens or kids.
Next, decide what your ultimate goal will be, like the number of pounds of fat you want to lose together or the decrease in inches you want to see. By the end of the year, it would be very reasonable to say that you could both drop a dress size or just lose one stone at a time. Make a goal that is achievable for both of you. Alternatively, you can break your weight loss challenge down into smaller goals – like losing three pounds in the next few weeks – and review each other on a regular basis to stay motivated.
Enjoy the rewards together
Of course, one great benefit of having a weight loss buddy is that you can enjoy the rewards together. The weight loss rewards are fantastic in and of themselves, but how about minor rewards for non-food items? You can book a night in a hotel (including a spa treatment) or go shopping for new clothes. Now put some money away (let's say 50 euros a week for six weeks and you have 300 euros each for two nice nights in January or February!).
There are also relationship rewards for couples: training together can benefit a marriage or relationship. In fact, couples who work out as a couple are not only fitter and more confident in their looks, but also more likely to stay together, according to recent studies. Relationship trainer Corinne Bloom: “A lot of our frustrations are not due to our relationships, but to the fact that our lives are dominated by mental activity. We are physically frustrated. When you get outside in the great outdoors and exercise together, you release toxins and allay that frustration. "
Exercise not only releases mood-enhancing endorphins and adrenaline, it also makes couples feel energized, which makes them feel happier and more attractive within themselves and, in turn, feel more loving towards others. Studies show that both men and women react better sexually after short periods of intense physical activity. When you create a shared plan and intentionally allow time for each other, the benefits are enormous. In fact, studies show that this “fitness commitment” benefits the relationship tremendously: Couples who join the gym together are not only more likely to stay together, but are also more likely to stick to a fitness plan and physical fitness, according to the Journal of Sports Medicine.
A little support goes a long way
The goal is to work with your weight loss partner (or your weight loss partners) towards a goal that is achievable by a certain date. This means long-term changes in diet and the amount of physical activity you consume.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter who reaches their weight goal first: the most important thing is that you motivate and encourage each other with every step. When you've improved your overall health, lost some weight, and moved closer together through the competition, you have succeeded in more ways than one.
So our advice is to give it a try: become a buddy once or twice this week and no doubt soon enjoy the many benefits of being a workout or weight loss partner.