If you’re serious about losing weight, find a friend who’s on the same page. New research shows people are less likely to bail on exercise when they do it as a part of a group according to Dutch scientists. Having a fitness buddy had such a big impact on health that 92% of people who started a workout plan kept exercising after a year according to The Sunday Times of London. For the study, researchers looked at older folks who belonged to fitness groups. The average age was 65 and up, but researchers are quick to point out their findings can apply to any age group. Just under 70 people began meeting in 2010 for an hour workout session. The average attendance was five sessions every two weeks according to the New York Post. The six buddy coaches were from the same background as the group. And what do you know? Fitness level spiked and they were able to walk further and keep it up. The research is published in the scientific journal Translational Behavioral Medicine. A doctor to folks at Shape magazine talked to compare it having a fitness buddy to a rocket leaving Earth’s atmosphere. The rocket can’t launch on its own. It needs boosters or friends. Once up-up and away, it can drop the boosters and sail on. So, get in the habit of working out with a friend. You may not have all the power of a rocket, but at least you’ll have a rockin’ bod.
1. What did the Dutch scientists find out?
2. How old were the research participants?
3. 'Friends' and 'Rocket Boosters' - In what sense are they similar?
4. Do you admire people who exercise regularly? Why or why not?
"Having a rockin' bod is better than having a fat wallet."
Do you agree?
Why do you think so?