We all know that keeping active is important for both our mental and physical health, but sometimes it can be hard to keep up the motivation when we go at it alone.
Exercising with other people has numerous benefits but one of the most important is that it can be really good fun. You’re more likely to stick with exercise you enjoy, so why not try getting together and seeing what you can do to find your feelgood with others?
“Doing exercise with others is great for your morale, because you’re more likely to commit to taking part and feel a sense of achievement as a result,” says Thomas Rothwell, physiologist at AXA Health.
“Moderate activities, like brisk walking, cycling, or tennis, when done for 30 minutes, five times a week, can actually be more beneficial to your mental health than vigorous activity.1
They’re also perfect for doing with friends because they allow you to hold a conversation. The combination of exercising and socialising can serve as a great foundation to regularly take part in exercise throughout life, which leads to numerous health benefits. From increased self-esteem to improvements in your mental health from the effects of keeping active and socialising, it’s a real win-win.”