So you’ve decided to get serious about going to the gym? You know, one of the best things you can do to improve your exercise routine is to get yourself a workout buddy. Studies have shown that people who exercise with a partner are more likely to reach their fitness goals. After all, no app, tool, or supplement can give you the kind of motivation you’ll get from a workout partner who really knows you:
Little Blind Girl: Hey, I know we’re supposed to go to the gym right now, but Skeeter’s Taco Shack is having this contest called “Guess the Fish” where you eat free if you can—
Friend: Nope. The last time we skipped our workout, you made me swear on Season Two of Grey’s Anatomy that I would never let you do that again, so go squeeze your doughy butt into some spandex. We’re hitting the gym.
Little Blind Girl: Nah, I’m gonna bail. Sorry, but there is nothing that could get me into my gym clothes right now.
Friend: (thinks for a second) Remember how you wore your fishnet stockings to that party the other night, but they’d gotten so tight that you had little criss-cross marks all over your legs the next day?
Little Blind Girl: Hand me that sports bra.
When you exercise with a buddy, gym time isn’t just more fun; it’s also more effective. Your friend will know when you’re not challenging yourself and can give you that extra push you need:
(while going for a run )
Friend: You sure you can’t go any faster? Okay, okay. Oh, hey, I’ve got a call. (talking into cell phone) Hello? Oh, hi, Grandma. How’d the surgery go? (pause) Me? I’m just out for a run with the Little Blind Girl. (pause) Sure, you can join us!
Little Blind Girl: Very funny.
Friend: (still talking into phone) No, Grandma, your wheelchair won’t slow us down.
Little Blind Girl: Your phone isn’t even on!
Don’t forget that you and your exercise buddy can help each other outside the gym, too. After all, no matter how much energy you put into your workout, you won’t see results if you don’t maintain a healthy diet:
(at Skeeter’s Taco Shack )
Little Blind Girl: Well, Skeeter, I’m impressed by the addition of sushi to your menu, especially at that price, but today I’m more in the mood for the pasta carbonara platter—with extra parmesan, of course— and if you could bump the portion size up to “Last Meal On Death Row,” that’d be great.
Friend: Guess how long you’d have to stay on the rowing machine to burn off all those calories?
Little Blind Girl: I’ll have the grilled chicken breast, please. No sauce.
And when all that effort finally starts paying off, no one will appreciate your hard-earned hard body more than the person who was with you for every rep:
Little Blind Girl: Check out my new arm muscles!
Friend: All right. (puts hand on Little Blind Girl’s bicep) Okay, flex.
Little Blind Girl: I am flexing!
Friend: Oh. Are you sure?
The buddy system isn’t just for crossing the street. When it comes to diet and exercise, there’s nothing like a partner to keep you motivated and on track. So if you’re serious about fitness, make sure that when you head to the gym, you bring along the most important equipment of all: a friend.
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