Adulting comes with a lot of responsibilities. On top of work, you have an apartment to keep clean, bills to pay, pets to feed and of course, a body you have to take care of. To accommodate all of these, you sometimes compromise your social life and settle for once-in-a-blue-moon dinner with friends to catch up.
But why settle for less time with friends if you can have #swolesquadgoals instead?
Inviting friends to hit the gym with you is not only a sure way to boost your social life, but it also comes with benefits. Ready to achieve both your fitness and friendship goals? Then put on your best outfit because this list gives you all the science-based reasons to give your friends a ring today.
It Makes You Feel Driven to Give Your 100 percent
Don’t we just love some competition? Social comparison theory suggests that we evaluate ourselves by comparing to others. When tested in the gym, research shows that we exert more effort than what we are asked when we exercise with someone better. Training with a little friendly competition makes you go the extra mile!
A Fitter Friend Inspires You to Keep Up
If some members of your squad are way ahead of your fitness level, worry not. A study shows that training with a higher-ranked teammate doubles your motivation. Your squad serves as a constant reminder that your goals are achievable.
You Feel Motivated Because You are Not Alone
A research published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology examines the Kohler effect. This is the tendency to perform a task better as a part of a team than as an individual. The study says participants hold planks longer because they know that their partner is still holding it. We tend to persevere more when we know that we have someone doing it with us.