With the turn of a new year, the classic new year's resolutions are in full swing. One goal that may sound familiar is the idea of “getting in shape” or “exercising more”. Unfortunately for most, these new years resolutions often have unsatisfactory results. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology showed that just two weeks into the new year, 29% of participants had already given up on their new year’s resolutions, which increased to a whopping 54% by the 6 month mark. So, how can you make sure you don’t fall victim to this common statistic?
Well, it may be easier than you think! Studies show that you are less likely to fall short of your fitness goals when doing it with a partner or a team. Now, working out with a team does not just keep you more accountable and likely to maintain those New year's resolutions, but it also provides these other significant benefits:
Working out with a partner or in a team has been proven to improve overall performance. Because of something called the Köhler effect, people are known to work harder as a group than individually. According to Dian Griesel, Ph.D., co-author of TurboCharged and president of public relations firm DGI, working out with a group can enhance “consistency, duration, motivation, conversation, and inspiration”.
Working out with a partner or a team can help reduce the stress and intensity felt by many when working out alone. The pressure one can feel when working out alone is a huge barrier to entry for many and having a sense of friendly competition and camaraderie can make exercise more lighthearted and fun. According to a study published in the International Journal of Stress Management, people who exercised on a stationary bicycle for 30 minutes with a friend said they felt calmer after the workout than those who cycled alone. Our Smart Under-the-Desk Bike is the perfect way to exercise with a coworker or team during the busy work day in order to destress, stay on track, and burn some extra calories.
Working out with a partner or in a team not only improves performance and lessens exercise related stress, but it can also boost employee morale, improve team dynamics, and increase productivity within the workplace. According to certified exercise physiologist John Ford, “Group settings can lead to a positive competitiveness. For instance, wanting to keep up with those around you can make you push yourself harder than you would on your own”. By creating healthy competition among employees, organizations are able to create a more fun, cohesive work environment. Through Ergonomyx’s Workspace Fitness® Device Protocol, co-workers can easily challenge and track each other's goals, progress, and accomplishments. Seeing what others are capable of doing can inspire others in the office to do more themselves.
Bringing a social aspect to exercising can benefit people from novice to expert! Through camaraderie and friendly competition, motivation is at an all time high to help smash those new year's resolutions. Ergonomyx makes connecting and sharing with friends and coworkers easy with our proprietary software for our standing desk and stationary bike.
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