Lacking motivation to get moving?
In fact, chances are you’ve already stumbled upon it at least once before.
According to a new study published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports, the secret to being healthy is, well, a little healthy competition.
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And if you’ve ever quickened your pace on the bike or treadmill just a little to keep up with Susan/Doug/random stranger working out next to you, you’ll know exactly how effective it can be.
For the study, researchers put almost 800 graduate and professional students at the University of Pennyslvania through an 11 week exercise program that included running, yoga, spinning, Pilates and weightlifting classes.
Participants were assigned to either work in a team or alone, with class dynamics designed to be either competitive or socially supportive. (Post continues after gallery.)
In the competitive team group, individuals were given access to the exercise progress of five random health ‘buddies’, while the supportive group were also able to interact, chat and attend classes with their buddies.
And while whether a person was working alone or in a team had no impact on how frequently they worked out, a competitive atmosphere certainly did.
The study found that those in the competitive groups went to 90 per cent more classes than those who weren’t.
Even more surprising was that those who got social support actually exercised the least – even less than those who worked out alone.