The Buddy System: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, Right?

Updated: Jul 8




"Connecting with others helps our body produce serotonin and oxytocin, and these 'happy' hormones help turn off the fear center in our brain, which reduces anxiety", explains Andrea Marcellus.


These days, most people are yearning for a connection – and not the empty kind that comes from social media. Training with a friend leverages our natural craving for community, and it leads to a more favorable attitude toward fitness overall.


"Social support is linked to a diverse range of health benefits – boosting your immune system, improving mental health states, and increasing one's sense of self-worth", says Stephanie Silber, an ACE certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.


"Connecting with others helps our body produce serotonin and oxytocin, and these 'happy' hormones help turn off the fear center in our brain, which reduces anxiety, " explains Andrea Marcellus, fitness expert and author of The Way In. "So you'll get an endorphin rush simply from workout out, but working out with a friend can create an overall sense of positivity and well-being."

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