Lose More with a Workout Buddy

The key to motivation in physical activity may be feeling inadequate. One Kansas State University researcher found that those who exercised with a teammate whom they perceived to be better increased their workout time and intensity by as much as 200 percent.

“People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity,” said Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology, the principle investigator in the study. “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.”

Irwin and his team found that a partner who worked at a level approximately 40 percent better was optimal.