You might want to trade in your next brunch or dinner date for a "fit" date as research now shows that using the "buddy system" when it comes to working out means you are more likely to stick to a plan. YNN's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
Sometimes two really is much better than one. That's why editors at Fitness Magazine are featuring "Pair Up to Slim Down Moves" in their latest issue. YNN recently popped into their offices to see how we can double our workout pleasure.
"Working out with a partner is really beneficial because not only is it just super fun but you can go out with your co-workers at lunch time. When you schedule that date, then you are held accountable for it, you are more motivated and more likely to show up. You are not going to leave your friend hanging," says Fitness Magazine Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori-Dedic.
While no one loves a copycat - especially among friends - pairing-up is your chance to do it with their "Copycat Squat."
"You are going to open your legs into a little bit wider than shoulder-width position, interlock your hands, squat down, make sure your knees don't go over your toes. Then you will hold it for about three counts. You will rise up and then you can squat back down again. Fifteen reps for three sets," explains Autuori-Dedic.
The "Spin and Slim" tones arms and abs.
"You will put your backs to each other and you can pass a medicine ball. If you don't have that you can pass a towel, you can pass a jar, cans, soda bottle - anything. You will turn and twist your obliques and passing back and forth. You will actually really feel that move because as you turn you will definitely feel your obliques moving and just make sure you switch sides so you target the other side," says Autuori-Dedic.
And if you know how to be a good wingman, or lady, the Superman or Superwoman wrestle works your abs, lower back and hamstrings.
"You will lay on the floor on your stomach, arms length away from each other. You lift your entire body up, teeter-totering on your stomach and interlocking your hands with your partner," explains Autuori-Dedic.
Your body type or level of fitness shouldn't make a huge difference when choosing the right kind of partner for these kind of exercises. But what you do want to find is somebody who can be one of your greatest motivators.