Group exercise ‘boosts happiness’
It has long been known that physical exertion releases endorphins and that these are responsible for the sometimes euphoric sensations experienced after exercising.
A team from Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology recently carried out tests on 12 rowers after a vigorous workout in a virtual boat. It was found that those who trained alone withstood less pain – a key measure of endorphins – than those who exercised together. Researcher highlighted that this response was heightened by the synergistic effect of rowing together.
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