Competition is a key to fitness success

img_0220Anyone who has run alongside or just behind someone on a track or sporting field knows that competition can drive you top perform better. Ands we’ve written before about how gamification can help drive performance but a new study, published in Preventive Medicine Reports, looked at  nearly 800 graduates and professional students to see how competition impacted performance.

The researchers collected data from the participants via a website. Unbeknownst to the students,  the researchers had split them into four groups  – competition, team support, team competition and a control group – to test how different kinds of social networks affected their exercise levels.

The results showed that competition was the strongest motivator, with attendance rates 90% higher in the competitive groups than in the control group.

You can read the full report here.

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