You May Also Like

Vaginal dryness treatments

It’s as dry as the desert down there—what the heck is going on?

5 picks from the Sarah Jessica Parker book club

Can’t help but wonder what’s on Sarah Jessica Parker’s summer reading list? Check it out here

What are terpenes in cannabis?

Terpenes are the unsung aromatic heroes of the cannabis plant—here’s what you need to know

Aretha Franklin's musical healing

So many musical icons have died recently—but Aretha’s the one I can’t stop crying about

Leaky gut syndrome comes from partner fights

6 doc-approved tips to keep calm during fights with your S.O.—for the sake of your gut health

There’s a life-lengthening reason *not* to talk to your parents like they’re children

There’s a life-lengthening reason *not* to talk to your parents like they’re children

How to burn more calories? Choose your workout buddy wisely


Working out with a friend may be the push you need to burn those extra calories. Here's why.

By HuffingtonPost.com

Who you choose as a workout buddy could determine how effective your exercise will be. Researchers determined that young women who trained with a teammate they perceived to be a better performer were able to quadruple their workout time and intensity.

“People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity,” lead researcher Brandon Irwin, a professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University said in a statement. “We found that when you’re performing with someone who you perceive as a little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone.”

As part of the study, Irwin and team had female college students ride a stationary bike alone in a lab setting for as long as they liked. The group averaged about 10 minutes of riding time. Subsequently, they had the same group exercise again in the lab setting, although this time, members of the group were told they had a partner in another lab, whom they could see on a TV monitor. In fact, the monitor displayed a looping video, not a live feed of another participant. The researchers told the participants that their virtual partners had performed 40 percent better on the initial solitary bike session, giving the impression that the partner was the stronger athlete. In this scenario, participants nearly doubled their bike times—adding on an average nine minutes, for a total of 19 minutes.

Keep reading for more on why you should have a workout BFF…

More reading from HuffingtonPost.com:

Our ‘ideal’ weight is growing
7 restaurant mistakes healthy people make


Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

There’s a life-lengthening reason *not* to talk to your parents like they’re children

There’s a life-lengthening reason *not* to talk to your parents like they’re children

Difference between adenomyosis and endometriosis

Everything to know about adenomyosis, the condition Gabrielle Union says compromised her fertility

Well+Good - What #CareerGoals Means in 2018

What #CareerGoals Means in 2018

Vaginal dryness treatments

It’s as dry as the desert down there—what the heck is going on?

What are terpenes in cannabis?

Terpenes are the unsung aromatic heroes of the cannabis plant—here’s what you need to know

Celebrate Madonna's birthday with these 4 tips

Like a wellness maven: 4 ways Madonna keeps her health shiny and new at every age