One of these studies (which included 136 participants) found that exercising with someone else actually makes us feel calmer (and so reduces our stress levels), compared to exercising alone.
It also found that participants also felt more tired as a result – suggesting that working out with others increases the amount of physical exercise we do too, giving us a solid workout.
But teamwork doesn’t just mean finding a running partner. The support network you surround yourself with is crucial for staying fit and healthy. This means the people you work out with, but also the people you surround yourself with – for support, encouragement and inspiration. The people that provide you with these tools are crucial members of your team.
In practical terms, what does that team look like? Well, without a doubt, it can include your running partner, but it can also include your family (who are proud of the two kilometre run you did on the weekend), your fitness instructor (who will push you and your body to new limits), your nutritionist (who will introduce you to new methods of nurturing your body), or your best mate (who knows her kale from her spirulina, and makes a mean turmeric smoothie).