Beauty & Well-be­ing

Re­search sug­gests you’re more likely to stick to the pro­gram

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GO­ING to the gym on a reg­u­lar ba­sis can be a strug­gle at the best of times, es­pe­cially in win­ter when it’s dark and cold.

De­spite the range of health ben­e­fits that keep­ing ac­tive has for both phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing, all too of­ten there’s still the ex­cuses and the sighs, “I’ll just start to­mor­row.” (Sound fa­mil­iar?)

Well what if the mo­ti­va­tion to ex­er­cise dug a bit deeper than goals of weight loss or body im­age is­sues?

What if your daily sweat ses­sion was some­thing you looked for­ward to?

What if it was some­what of a so­cial gath­er­ing, where you had friendly com­pe­ti­tion with like-minded mates?

Do you reckon you’d be more mo­ti­vated to train then?

Be­cause sci­en­tific re­search sug­gests you would.

A study con­ducted by Med­line found those who en­ter fit­ness chal­lenges and train in groups are more likely to suc­ceed and main­tain long term ben­e­fits than those who don’t.

The re­search found 95 per cent of those who started a weight-loss pro­gram with friends com­pleted the pro­gram, as op­posed to 76 per cent of in­di­vid­u­als who took on the pro­gram alone.

Of those who trained with friends, 66 per cent were able to keep the weight off, while only 24 per cent of in­di­vid­u­als who trained alone kept up the pos­i­tive progress.

So the next time you’re go­ing for an early morn­ing beach walk, join­ing a gym or plan­ning a weight loss routine, make sure you grab a friend (or two) to help you stay mo­ti­vated and stick to the pro­gram. You’ll all en­joy the ben­e­fits then.

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