If you’re looking to stay in shape (or get in shape) this winter, it’s often helpful to have someone to do it with. Whether it’s a friend or a significant other, having a partner in weight loss crime can help a lot with accountability. But, working out with your partner or significant other may actually hinder your weight loss results if either of you aren’t in it for the long haul.
A recent Weight Watchers study came out showing that weight loss can either be hindered or helped by working out with your partner…so you be the judge! Basically, if your partner is committed to the weight-loss game, it will help you and your goals drastically. If you’re going to choose someone as your workout partner, they need to be just as committed as you are. Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows how dangerous an enabler can be. You need to find a weight-loss buddy that won’t let you cave when you feel like caving, and someone you know you can help when they’re about to cave!
A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Obesity was the first article to coin the term “ripple effect” when referring to social networks and weight loss. Meaning, one person’s actions have a huge impact on the other person or people involved. Weight-loss is not an easy task. The best advice we can give you in choosing a workout partner has to do with accountability. If you aren’t ready to be in it for the long haul, make sure you find someone who is committed enough to help you where and when you’re weak. Also, be prepared to be there for them, too!