Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have discovered what we knew all along: that a strong and supportive community works best as a fitness motivator than the usual #fitspo videos and pictures we see on Instagram!
In the study, 217 students were enrolled into free exercise classes at the University. They were split into 2 groups, the first group received motivational images, videos and information. The second group saw no messaging, but placed into social networks where they could follow each other’s progress.
The study lasted 13 weeks with a clear winner: workout buddies motivate each other to exercise and actually improved over time!
The research findings do not surprise us here at Huddle HQ. We know that it is a no-brainer that a workout buddy helps us to:
- Get to the gym,
- Work hard during each class and push for results,
- Get that coffee after class for a spot of gossip and a chat,
- Reduce our stress,
- Be accountable,
- Have way more fun than if you are on a treadmill alone, and
- Maintain our lifelong journey of health & wellness.
Our Core Values recognise that our community is our foundation:
“Teamwork – Huddle Group Fitness is all about team. We work together to smash our goals. We foster an inclusive, empowering and inspiring team environment.”
If you have been following Huddle’s 28-day Feel Good Summer Series, you will know that next week is BRING A FRIEND week! This is your chance to get your own workout buddy to motivate you.
So, have a think about who in your life needs a fun workout buddy like yourself and who you would love to work out with and bring them along!! Tag them in this post and tell them that they’re coming to Huddle HQ!