Solo or buddy workout?

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Do you prefer working out alone? Or do you only hit the gym with your best friend in tow? Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. We've listed them for you below.


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Solo workout

1. A solo workout can be a great way to clear your mind and unwind; to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on you and your fitness goals.

2. Everybody is unique. When you work out alone, it's easier to focus on a personal programme tailored to your needs. You don't have to adapt your pace to someone else’s and you can do all the exercises you enjoy.

3. Lots of people enjoy working out to music. But this isn’t possible when your friend is going on and on about her weekend.

Buddy workout

1. A buddy can motivate you when you really don't feel like hitting the gym. You're more likely to go because you don't want to disappoint the other person. You're also more likely to finish your workout. When you feel like quitting, your buddy can give you the push you need to see it through.

2. According to scientific research at Oxford University, people who work out with a buddy produce more endorphins. These are natural painkillers, which means you’re more likely to perform better in a group than alone.

3. Couples that work out together turn out to be happier. Exercise strengthens your emotional bond and makes you more physically attracted to your partner. In other words: your partner may just be your perfect workout buddy!

How about you? Do you prefer working out alone or with a buddy?


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