Most people join a gym to shed some pounds or pack on some muscle, both of which are noble goals. But what if we told you going to the gym doesn’t have to be entirely about fitness?

There’s way more to working out than a number on the scale. Here are a few reasons to hit the gym that have nothing to do with your body:

1You’ll find your sweat squad.

Let’s face it: Making new friends is one of the hardest parts of being an adult. The gym is the perfect place to meet people (you already have something in common!) and it’s easy to strike up a conversation. “Need a spotter?” is the perfect ice breaker.

Not to mention, having a workout buddy can hold you accountable for your fitness aspirations. Research shows having friends with similar goals may increase your chances of success. It’s a win-win.

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