Competitive partners may increase workouts

November 30, 2012

A small study of female college students suggests that competing against a teammate or partner helps people ramp up their exercise more effectively than if they worked out alone.

The study also found that even though participants who were paired with a strong workout partner exercised much longer, they didn't feel any more tired after the fitness bout than the people who exercised alone for a shorter period of time.

Researchers reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine say when the goal is to exercise longer, a partner who is a little better than you are can make a big difference.

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