Healthy competition with yourself and others within exercise groups found to be a highly effective source of motivation to exercise more.

Competition appears to trigger a ratcheting-up of physical activity levels that creates an upward spiral within an entire peer group, according to the researchers. Within a competitive framework, each person’s activity raises the bar for everyone else and creates a contagious chain reaction marked by increased levels of physical activity for the entire group.
Conversely, too much social networking without a competitive element often demotivated individuals, which trickled down to take the wind out of the sails for the entire group.
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