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Reasons to Exercise Alone

A Few Reasons It's Better to Sweat It Out Solo

Exercising with a buddy definitely has its perks, but when it comes to most of my workouts, I prefer to exercise alone. Here are some reasons it's sometimes better to sweat it out solo.

  • You can work out whenever you want and when it best fits your schedule. Plus you never have to deal with someone being late.
  • You can skip the chitchat and focus on your breath and inner thoughts. It's a great time to make mental to-do lists, brainstorm for work, or daydream about weekend plans. Going solo means it's really "me" time.
  • The type and intensity of the workout is up to you, whether you feel like going for a run in your neighborhood, hitting a Zumba class, or following a gentle yoga video.
  • You can stuff your ears with headphones and rock out to that new cardio mix you made.
  • It's OK to wear the same outfit you wore yesterday, even if you didn't wash it. There's no one to make a comment or complain about a little stink.

Keep reading for more reasons it's better to exercise alone.

  • Your workout will be completed in less time. You know when you exercise with someone else, a lot of time is wasted waiting for the person to show up, then chatting about what you want to do, and then after the workout, you can't help but chat some more. You'll easily save 10 to 20 minutes by exercising on your own.
  • You're your own motivation. Sometimes when I have a fitness date with a buddy and they bail, I'm more likely to skip out, too. But if it's just me planning on a morning workout, there's no one to persuade me to ditch, so I'm more likely to stay committed. Plus when you're used to exercising alone, you'll get into the habit and won't need to rely on someone else to get your workouts in.
  • It's easier to stick to training schedules or goals since there's no one else's agenda to cater to but your own.
  • If you're under the weather and don't feel like getting your sweat on, no one will give you lip for it.

Do you agree or disagree? Why do you prefer working out solo or with a buddy?

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