Is It Competition or Social Support That Drives Motivation To Exercise?


Exercise is a vital factor in health and fitness. Most current recommendations in maintaining motivation to exercise, find a buddy. An exercise buddy is a way of having social support to keep the motivation high to stay consistent performing the exercise.

However, a recent study1 PDF suggests that competition and not social support is a better driver for exercise motivation. The study was based on RCT(randomized controlled trial).

The researchers find that competition or social comparison was more effective in increasing physical activity of the participants compared to social support.

What If You’re On Your Own?

Those who exercise on the gym may find it easy to have someone to compare with. However, it’s a different story for those who exercise at home. If you’re among the thousands of people who exercise at home, having a log is smart option.

Keeping track of your progress is a good driver for motivation to exercise. So, keep that log in handy and stick to your plan.


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