The best way to work in a workout? Bring a buddy!

What do Lethal Weapon and Die Hard have in common?

Besides being awesome action movies, they’re both about guys working together to beat the baddies.

Teaming up with a friend is good for more than taking out evil masterminds. It’s also a great way to get some exercise. In fact, a University of Pennsylvania study found that enrolling at a gym and working out with a friend produced more weight loss than going it alone.

Two buddies setting out for a walk

If gyms aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to buddy up and work out. Here are three easy ideas that don’t cost a thing:

  • Grab a frisbee, football or tennis racquet from the garage and make good use of the parks and courts your tax dollars pay for.
  • Instead of meeting your buddies at the pub for a beer, meet outside the pub and go for a half-hour walk, run or bike ride. That way, the pint you have afterwards will taste that much better!
  • When it’s your turn to walk the dog — man’s best friend, right? — take a detour up a hill or through a local park and turn the stroll into a hike. Meet up with a fellow dog-walker along the way, and hey presto: You’re practically a club!

Another benefit to these ideas: Not one of them requires a stunt double.

About the Author

Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader's Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including and


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