Struggling to Exercise? Try the Buddy System

If you plan on starting a new exercise routine in January, don’t forget one of the most crucial components. A buddy. Studies have shown people tend to make a better effort when they’re working as a team rather than individually.

 It’s called the Kohler effect, says Matthew Garlinghouse, a clinical neuro-psychologist and assistant professor of neurological sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. That’s what’s behind those team bonding exercises and team outings at your place of employment.

“The exercise industry has caught on to this,’’ Garlinghouse says.

That’s not a bad thing. It’s a proven formula, and also would work if you’d like to lose weight.

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