The Sound of Silence Helps with Weight Loss
Some lone rangers like to tackle their fitness workout solo, while others like the motivation of a workout partner when hitting the gym. And there’s no shame in that! But why do so many people find motivation in group exercise? Is there a science to selecting your fitness workout partner to maximize your performance? Let’s take a look:
Why do so many people like to sweat it out in good company? Oxford’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology published a report showing that group exercise releases a rush of endorphin chemicals in the brain which block pain, producing a “mild opiate high” and sense of well-being. In studying Oxford’s famous rowing team, the researchers found that the rower’s tolerance for pain was twice as great after working out with teammates rather than alone, even though the workouts were equally intense.