It’s no surprise that working out with friends is more fun, but research proves that friends also have a major influence on your exercise routine. Here are some great reasons why you should round up your friends and exercise together…
1. You’re more likely to show up
We’ve all been guilty of skipping gym sessions – especially when it’s a grey and wet Monday morning – but having a friend depend on you to make it can mean all the difference. A University of Aberdeen study found working out in pairs spurs us to exercise more, as we offer each other emotional support and encouragement. You’re not only working out for yourself, you’re doing it for someone else too, you’ll become more accountable for your sessions.
2. You’ll work 200% harder
According to a study by Kansas State University, working out with a friend who you perceive to be better, increases the intensity of your workout by up to 200%. This is because we feel pushed to keep up with each other. “We found that when you’re performing with someone who you perceive as a little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone,” says Brandon Irwin, leader of the study.
3. You’ll burn more calories
A Virgin Active study showed that women who workout with friends burn up to 236 calories per session, compared to the 195 for women who prefer to go it alone. You’re so much more motivated when there’s a bit of friendly competition in the room, plus friends can help motivate us to exercise for that little bit longer, with the average workout with friends lasting for 42 minutes compared to a solo session of 36 minutes.
4. You’ll transform quicker
According to sport’s nutritionist Scott Baptie, having someone to train with can help you have a 176% greater chance of transforming your body. This is because having a social support network increases your chance of reaching your goal. He suggests picking friends who are stronger or fitter than you to give your workout the edge.
5. You’ll feel pushed to try new things
A study published in Nature Communications revealed exercise is ‘socially contagious’ and we are often inspired by others to try new exercises and routines. It can be tough to keep yourself motivated when you work out solo, you might get bored with your routine or find it hard to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Exercising together can make the challenge more exciting and gives you the confidence to try something new together. Plus, there are plenty of exercises that are better as a duo.
6. You’ll feel closer as friends
A recent study by Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology proved that group exercise builds stronger bonds, which in turn helps you both perform better. This is because ‘social motion’ or coordinated movement such as warming up or using the rowing machine together leads to feelings of togetherness. From one experiment, the study found that athletes who warmed up in sync with others were nearly seven seconds faster, suggesting teams with a good bond have a high chance of performing at their best.
7. You’ll feel more accomplished
According to Fast Company, sharing your progress with someone else helps you achieve more. This is because it often results in praise and positive encouragement, fulfilling our need to feel socially connected. However, the University of Michigan and University of Washington found that while publicly sharing your success, such as posting on social media channels, can lead to more encouragement, it can also discourage you from setting as many goals.
Goal setting is very personal, social media has so many benefits with new ideas and inspiration, but the flip side is that it can make you feel inferior or overwhelmed. Remember influencers and bloggers aren’t you, so don’t be put off by someone else’s version of perfect. Remember never to compare and despair – have a laugh with your friend instead.
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