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Friendly competition makes people ‘90% more likely to exercise’

Struggling to lose weight? Find a gym buddy: Friendly competition makes people ‘90% more likely to exercise’


Waking up early in the morning just to go for a jog often causes us to stop exercising. While long draining days in the office can leave us completely unmotivated to visit the gym after work.

But now scientists think they have discovered how they can get people to exercise more frequently.

Having competition at the gym makes people 90 per cent more likely to go, new research suggests.

Experts say rivalry raises the bar for everyone else to keep up in terms of their own performance levels.

While friendly support – which many believe is a motivation – made people less likely to attend fitness classes, a study found.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recruited 800 graduate and professional students to sign up to an 11-week exercise programme.

The scheme provided students with weekly exercise classes, fitness mentoring and nutritional advice.

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