It’s no surprise that a gym buddy or a Pinterest board can motivate someone to not skip leg day, but a recent MIT research study brought to light the impact of healthy competition on wanting to perform better while working out. It studied it’s subjects (runners who use wearable tech) to find that friends who lived on the opposite ends of the globe still motivated each other to run more and faster.
A pep talk over the phone just did not cut it; but sharing posts of their device readings was bait enough to spend more time on the track, and in turn push them to do more. Turns out, that as long as you’re looking at the right things, spending more time in front of the screen can make you more active and can accelerate your will power.
The best part is that both players are playing for the same team, and they don’t have to be on home grounds to push each other. The enabling power of tech and social is resonated and accepted in generations beyond the millennial one. The main source of inspiration and motivation should be the man or woman in the mirror, but when your limbs are fighting you, know that somewhere in the world wide web, there is a cheerleader waiting for you to beat him or her.
The study also shows how hot, cold and rainy weather didn’t stop anyone from working out, in fact- they were still looking to pull their socks up. The impact was felt by men and women, but did specify that women sought inspiration in other women, while men found it in both.