…. help You Stick to Your Workouts…
Did you know that almost 50% of adults get insufficient levels of exercise every day? That’s why our government spends millions of Euros annually on public initiatives aimed at encouraging people to move more. But now, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania has identified the one unexpected thing, which will massively improve your workout habits.
It turns out that the secret to keeping you training regularly lies in having a bunch of like-minded ‘health buddies’. (We know it sounds corny, but hear us out!)
You are not alone…
When researchers asked 217 students to enroll in free exercise classes at their gym, they gave half of the subjects a virtual support system comprised of six of their peers. The other half either received motivational messages via e-mail to pump them up for workouts, or just the free membership.
Throughout the 13-week study, each member regular received e-mail updates on their peers’ actions, though everyone’s identity was kept anonymous. When one person signed up for a yoga or strength-training class, the other folks were notified. And they got updates only on the good stuff — not when one of them skipped a class to eat pizza, instead. (Because hey, that definitely happens.)
Strength in numbers
Results showed that students paired with “health buddies” were the only ones who showed a steady increase in workout attendance (rah-rah messaging and freebie classes alone didn’t do much). “You just have to put people into the right kind of social environment where they can interact with each other.
Even anonymous social interaction will create behavior change,” says study author Damon Centola, of Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
At Fit4TheGame small group training sessions, you’ll find lots of people just like you who help and motivate each other get their workouts done, and achieve great results in the process.
Using our Facebook page and free booking app, you can check-in for classes, share experiences, suggest recipes and post pictures. Our friendly coaches are always on hand to help you with expert advice and valuable tips, and in no time at all, you’ll find out why our members describe our small group programme as ‘totally addictive and incredibly effective’.
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