Another Reason to Share the Y? Scientists Say Exercising With Friends Is Healthier.

March 29, 2018

 

Over and over again, research has proven that exercising with a friend (or friends) comes with huge benefits, from increasing your motivation to speeding up your gains."

Over and over again, research has proven that exercising with a friend (or friends) comes with huge benefits, from increasing your motivation to speeding up your gains. Another reason to work out with a friend? You'll burn calories faster thanks to a little thing called envy.

The Y's new member referral program lets you share the Y with up to 10 friends and family members. As long as at least one of those memberships stays active, you'll both (or all!) receive a 20% discount on your monthly membership rate.

"People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity. We found that when you're performing with someone you perceive as a little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone," says Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University

In Irwin’s study, college-age female participants were first told to exercise on a stationary bicycle for as long as they could. A few days later, they were told they would be working with a partner who was in better physical condition than them. In this instance, the motivation came from not wanting to let their partners down, as well as friendly competition. In turn, the participants burned more calories faster when exercising with a partner than they did when working out alone.

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