2020 has been a year to forget for many of us, the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on both the mental and physical health of many people. During lockdown, the average member at my gym has put on over half a stone and that is reflected in the majority of gyms across the country. Now, many of us are trying to shift that extra weight.The latest research has suggested that to give yourself the best chance of achieving your goal, you should enlist the help of your significant other or a close friend. The research states that you are ‘twice as likely’ to succeed if you are on a weight loss journey with someone else.This makes sense. We can all suffer from a lack of motivation sometimes. I know from my own experience, if you are exercising with someone then, more often than not we don't want to let them down, so we’ll turn up even though we may not want to! Support and encouragement from others can play a major role in whether or not we achieve our goal.As we know, weight loss is not just about exercise, diet plays a major part too. This is when having a supportive partner can make all the difference. Mealtimes may need to change, as will what meals are served. This has the potential to cause conflict if your partner is not alongside you on this journey. If you are able to make these changes together, you are both far more likely to succeed and adopt these healthy lifestyle changes on a permanent basis.So, what are you waiting for, start your journey together today. It’ll give you something to focus on other than the pandemic, and in the not too distant future, an opportunity to celebrate each other’s success.