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Working Out in Groups Increases Your Pain Threshold

Another Reason to Work Out With a Group

Exercising alone can be lonely, but it may actually feel more painful. New research found that when training together members of the Oxford crew team had higher pain thresholds. Misery loves company, even in the fitness world!

When paddling in a group, the rowers were able to tolerate twice as much pain than when rowing alone. I know rowing relies on intense synchrony, but there's no reason you can't tap into the group mentality during a group run or boot camp. I suggest scheduling at least one, if not more, group exercises weekly to help increase the intensity of your workouts. I know I bike farther and run faster when working out with my gal pals.

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pwningbeauty pwningbeauty 8 years
I totally agree with this. I just finished my first 5K, and I went in committed to thinking that I would have to walk at least a portion of it-- I ended up running next to a friend the whole way, and made it all the way through without stopping.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
LOVE biking with friends :)
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I agree, the commraderie of working out with others is really essential. Sometimes friends can be too chatty, but if you find someone who wants to get fit as much as you do, your golden. I would even rather work out at a gym with a bunch of strangers than try to force myself to run on a treadmill alone at home. Blech!
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