Looking for a fitness boost? Workout with a friend – research shows that women train harder with an exercise partner
Working out with friends is better than exercising alone, researchers say.
A study of 1,000 women found that 64 per cent of those who run, go to the gym or attend group exercise classes with chums will push themselves harder than if they went alone.
Those who exercise together train for longer, burn more calories and go to the gym more often.
The study shows 31 per cent of women consider their friends to be the motivation they need to stay in good shape.
A spokesman for Virgin Active Health Clubs, which carried out the research, said: ‘We all have a need to socialise and be with other people, it’s written into our DNA.
‘Sometimes having an exercise partner is the difference between sitting on the couch in the evening and getting up and out of the house.
‘You are less likely to let a friend down and it is more fun.
‘Many women will spur each other on, and provide their friends with the incentive they need to get going.
‘Most importantly, having a friend to exercise with makes it more fun – and as well as training hard they can also catch up and treat the experience as another social event.’
The study found that during the average session, women who exercise with friends burn up to 236 calories, compared to 195 for girls who go it alone.
The study shows that during the average exercise session, women who exercise with friends burn up to 236 calories, compared to 195 for girls who prefer to go it alone.
The average workout for friends lasts for 42 minutes – with the average run taking around 31 minutes.
For solo gym bunnies, sessions usually last for 36 minutes, and runs take just 29 minutes.
Less than half of those people who exercise alone claim to push themselves very hard when keeping fit – compare to 64 per cent of girls in groups.
Interestingly, 62 per cent of women who train alone claim they like to excel in a sport before showing off to friends.
Top reasons for exercise for women who work out with friends include having a good gossip, long term health, to tone up, and to get out of the house.
Girls who train alone so do to give themselves more energy, and to look and feel good.