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Partner UpResearch has shown that one effective way to improve exercise adherence is to get a gym buddy. If you can find someone with a similar schedule and exercise interests, chances are you’ll be more likely to stick to your exercise regimen.

Think about it – are you really going to hit the Snooze button and lounge under the covers if you know your pal is waiting to meet you for a morning run? Or if you sign up for a fitness class with a friend, your commitment to him/her should boost your attendance.

Workout partners can be spouses, brothers or sisters, neighbors, friends or even people you meet at the gym. They serve not only to get us to the workout, but to support us during tough sweat sessions and motivate us to come back on days that we waver. And activity with a gym buddy always seems to go faster than when you’re alone.

Plus, it’s just nice to have someone to talk to, commiserate with and share experiences with – particularly in this day of email, texting and social media. Face-to-face or side-by-side time really makes a difference in relationships.

If you’re a workout loner, preferring to put in the headphones and go solo, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that – as long as you can stay on track. But for those of us who may need an extra push every now and then, seek out a gym buddy for a win-win scenario.