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6 reasons why workouts are better with a buddy

Grab your BFF (best fitness friend) and let’s get a workout in. Whether you’re exercising outdoors or hitting one of Nooga’s local gyms or yoga studios, workouts are always better with a buddy.

A gif slideshow showing people working out together at Lookout Fitness

Don’t have a workout buddy already? Joining a local gym or fitness studio is a great way to find one.


Photos by @lookoutfitness

Check out six reasons why having a health buddy is beneficial.

A source of motivation

A little bit of encouragement can go a long way. Having a workout partner is a great way to get motivated and stay on track to accomplish your health goals.

A built-in accountability buddy

Sometimes the hardest part of the workout is getting there. Your workout partner can hold you accountable to make sure you keep consistent. (Do you really want to text and cancel?)

A way to switch up your workout

Diversifying your workout is easier when you’re with a friend. Here’s one idea: Take turns choosing your weekly workout to try new things (think: tennis, pickleball, yoga, and more).

Adds in friendly competition

Working out with a friend can fuel healthy competition, which can be encouraging for meeting new goals. Seeing your buddy reach new milestones can encourage you to do the same.

Enhanced safety

Whether you’re exercising indoors or outdoors, accidents can happen. It’s good to have someone there as a spotter when lifting heavy weights or while you’re out on a run.

It makes working out fun

Time flies when you’re having fun, and that also applies to exercise. Take a walk with a friend, and you’ll be surprised how fast time (and miles) go by.

You don’t have to be on your health journey alone. Grab a friend, build a workout schedule, and have fun while staying healthy.
  • Walk with a Doc | First Saturday of every month | 9-10 a.m. | Hope for the Inner City,1800 Roanoke Ave. | Free | Take steps toward a healthier lifestyle — walk at your own pace and have questions answered by local physicians.
  • Science of Stretching | Sunday, July 7 | 2-3 p.m. | Yin Yang House, 7053 Lee Hwy, Ste. 305 | $10-15 | A mat-based class focused on deep stretching + targeted mobility training with a combination of yoga and modern exercise physiology research.
  • FiveStar Food Fight at the Chattanooga Market | Sunday, July 21 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. | Competitors will shop at the Chattanooga Market for fresh ingredients to complete their main dish — then market-goers will watch the chefs demonstrate their culinary skills and present their dishes to the judges. Erlanger Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery will be there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be available to answer questions and provide valuable information on eating healthy.
  • Hamilton County Minority Health Fair | Saturday, August 3 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | McKenzie Arena, 720 E 4th St. | Free | This event addresses health disparities while offering free health screenings and interactive activities.
  • Farm to Table(aux) | Friday, September 13 | 6-10:30 p.m. | Common House Chattanooga | Gather with fellow community-minded art and food lovers to enjoy the widely popular farm-to-table culinary trend with a contemporary interpretation of the “tableaux vivants” (living pictures) inspired by the creativity of Andy Warhol.
  • Fun Fair Festival | Saturday, September 21 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Pkwy | Free | Spend the day learning ways to keep kids safe + injury-free while enjoying activities for the whole family.
News Notes
  • Calling all Wordle wizzes. Like your other muscles, your brain benefits from a good workout. Enter: Brain teasers, entertaining puzzles that serve as exercise for your brain. Check out five brain teaser benefits.
  • We love summertime trips to the farmers market. Stop by one of Chattanooga’s 18 farmers markets where you can find fresh food, live music, and local vendors.

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