Better with Friends: Benefits of Working Out with Other People

There’s little in life that isn’t better with friends—right? Food is better, vacations are better, nights out are better.

And then there’s working out. Not only is it better with friends, but you’re more likely to stick with a workout routine and make yourself stronger in the process. There are a lot of reasons why, but first and foremost: If you have someone waiting to workout with you, you’re less likely to skip out on a class or strength session, or any other exercise effort. And if you’re being led in that workout session by a teacher at a gym, then you’re reaping other benefits too. For example, that teacher is going to help push you to do your best—and correct you when you’re doing an exercise wrong.

Why else is working out with others and working out at a gym good for your health? This graphic explains it.