3 Reasons a workout partner is good for your body and soul.
- Accountability: When you work out with a friend you show up. When you know someone is counting on you, you are less likely to skip out or make excuses. When you consistently show up you get results. This is true when it comes to your physical health, but it is also true when it comes to your spiritual health. A spiritual workout partner keeps you accountable in life, so that your thoughts, words, and actions line up with who God calls you to be.
Ecclesiates 4:9-10 tells us that, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward in their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who falls and has not another to lift him up!” In other words, a wise person will find themselves a good partner they can trust, to work side by side with, so together they will enjoy a good reward and find help in time of need.
- Support for establishing new habits: You may have heard it said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Well many studies show that it actually takes much longer. Think about a new habit you tried to develop in your life (perhaps last year’s resolutions). How successful were you? Let’s face it, discipline does not grow well on its own. We need to establish routines that demonstrate our commitment. Partnering up helps protect us against making excuses and slacking off. So whether you are wanting to lose weight or love your spouse better, know that you are more likely to succeed when you walk in unity with someone who will support and encourage you to stay faithful in the journey.
Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
- The Challenge: Let’s face it, when I workout on my own I am less likely to push myself hard. With a friend we can challenge each other to do more and to work harder. I always feel better when I know I gave it my all. If left to myself I am tempted to give up or give in, especially when I am feeling weak and tired. This is true with exercise, but it is also true in my Christian walk. I need to journey with someone who will challenge me to love and forgive in those times I don’t feel like it. I need someone who will point out my blindspots and challenge my thinking when it doesn’t line up with the truth of God’s Word.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”