WHAT IF the secret to getting in amazing shape were making exercise a team effort?
Research has shown that being part of a team makes workouts easier to stick with and more enjoyable. According to Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science at the University of South Florida, “We tend to view sport as play and exercise as work, which is why we call one a game and the other a workout.”
According to Kilpatrick’s research, we are more intrinsically motivated to play sports than to exercise. Playing with a team that makes you feel great is what turns sports into more than a workout. We crave satisfaction. Hearing someone cheer for you goes a long way. [I personally know this to be the case when running a marathon–those enthusiastic supporters keep you moving!]
A study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that, when paired with a more capable partner, female exercisers not only put in more effort than those working out alone, but also pushed themselves 208% longer! Wow!!
Needless to say, sweating together forms friendships for life. And who doesn’t want good friends?
Another fun fact? Runners who only run a race once or twice each year could become fitter and more confident if they’d race more often.
Quote of the Day:
“It’s those relationships that make the victories more meaningful.” -Sydney Leroux
I made this salad this week! I actually really enjoyed the combination! However, unless you are going to eat the whole thing in one sitting (which I didn’t), keep the dressing separate. I didn’t even think about that as I was making the salad. Oops!
Kiwi, Chicken, and Feta Salad
– 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 4 cups mixed field greens
– 1 cup chopped grilled chicken
– 2 kiwis, cut into 1-inch wedges
– 1/3 cup crumbled feta
– In a bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add the field greens, chicken, kiwi, and feta. Toss to combine.
Courtesy of Self Magazine