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Do You Prefer to Work Out Alone or With a Friend?

We all have our own strategies to help ensure that we work out. For some of us it is making an exercise date with a friend. Others prefer to work out alone and consider exercise time "personal time."

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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I prefer working out with somebody. I hate working out alone sometimes.Nobody ever wants to go!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I prefer working out with somebody. I hate working out alone sometimes. Nobody ever wants to go!
secrethoughts secrethoughts 8 years
It really depends what I'm doing. I like to run with others outside, but if I'm lifting weights or doing cardio on a machine, I really prefer to be alone because I get a better workout.
Swangeese Swangeese 8 years
Alone. Sometimes it's fun to workout with a friend, but mine are unreliable. LOL
paii paii 8 years
I don't work out.
paii paii 8 years
I don't work out.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
potterlove potterlove 8 years
Most def alone. I'm tired of my friends either saying "Hurry up!" or "Slow down!" when or if I work out with them. Its just not the encouragement that I looked for when I take some of them to work out. So, now its just me doing myself a favor. Totally relaxing to go to the next city over so I can go to the parks there. Really nice parks!
kimbit kimbit 8 years
I used to work out with a friend, but she would always stop before me and act annoyed that she had to wait. Since I was driving, I always felt that I had to stop too. It annoyed me so much that I stopped going to the gym at all. Now I work out at a completely different gym alone. It is way less stressful.
hepsmom hepsmom 8 years
I like going to classes with friends, it seems that having someone to commiserate with is good. But if I'm doing cardio, I don't care who is there. I'm in my own little zone.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
When it comes to doing the usual, like running, I like to be by myself. If we're talking kayaking or hiking, I'd rather go with a friend.
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
I tried doing the partner thing, especially since I hated going to the gym alone...err period, but it seemed that our schedules always conflicted. I pretty much fit in workouts at different times...when I have time(I dont always work the same hours everyday). Now, like the masses, I enjoy working out alone, the "me" time is so valuable, and helps me sort out my thoughts and focus.
AMP AMP 8 years
The only thing I do with a friend is go hiking. Otherwise, I need to be alone. I see it as my personal time, plus I can workout however long I want.
smarler smarler 8 years
Like everyone else, I work out alone because it's my "Me" time, and to ensure that I maintain my level of exercise, not someone else's.
silverspark7 silverspark7 8 years
I prefer to not work out ;)
silverspark7 silverspark7 8 years
I prefer to not work out ;)
malpal25 malpal25 8 years
I deffinatley prefer to work-out alone.
nefertiti nefertiti 8 years
It depends. Not that I'm unsupportive but working out with someone who's into fitness as well is alot better than someone who's not.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 8 years
I usually like working out with my cousin, we motivate each other but I don't mind working out alone either...with a good playlist on my ipod...I'm set to go!
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 8 years
I used to work out with a friend, but it got too distracting. So now we go to different gyms (my contract was over, so I went elsewhere) and it's just me + my ipod now :)
caitlinannmary caitlinannmary 8 years
i like to work out both alone and with others... i just HATE being rushed!!! It's fun to work out with someone else when they can push to do more when you feel like going home early.
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
I like to run, practice soccer, swim, etc. with a friend, but going to the gym is something I'd much rather do alone.
AlecksNWondrland AlecksNWondrland 8 years
If i'm at the gym then i like being alone. If i work out in my neighborhood then I like to have a friend with me.
allhailtoyin allhailtoyin 8 years
I like doing both about equally. I'm strong but do not have much endurance while my gym buddy is the opposite. The switch up is how I like it.
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