Trying to tone up or slim down? Before you start shopping for a gym or putting kale in your grocery cart, you might want to find a workout buddy. Why? Having a partner to work out with — and surrounding yourself with healthy eaters at meal times — can make a significant difference in your fitness and food choices. Consider these five findings and then see who will meet you for a walk.
1. Get fitter together
Walking with a partner not only gives you someone to talk and laugh with, it also can help you stick with your fitness goals. Studies show that when people commit to working out together, they are much more likely to do it than those who go solo. One study showed that married couples who worked out together had a dropout rate of only 6.3 percent, compared with 43 percent for couples who worked out separately.
2. Buddies work harder together
3. Healthy family and friends make you healthier
4. Walk and talk for mind and body
5. Eating for two