Exercise May Be Contagious

Exercise Is Contagious But Only Among Women

Exercise Is Contagious But Only Among Women

Researchers at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts, examined data on over one million people, who had collectively run over 350 million kilometers in five years.

The duo found that for every extra kilometre run by one person, his or her friends run around half a kilometre over what they usually did.

"If behavioral contagions exist, understanding how, when and to what extent they manifest in different behaviours will enable us to transition from independent intervention strategies to more effective interdependent interventions that incorporate individuals' social contexts into their treatments", the authors wrote. It likewise serves as an example of how data on social media can be used, as runners have undeniable accounts of things such as times and distances, which can be useful in further research. Comparisons to those ahead of us may motivate our own self-improvement, while comparisons to those behind us may create "competitive behavior to protect one's superiority". However, the data also revealed runners made downward comparisons, too. According to Aral, there is evidence for both trajectories in the study, but comparisons to those better than us are more powerful.

Guardiola hoping Kompany stays fit after ending goal drought
Guardiola's men also have the FA Cup to look forward to, with a game against Arsenal scheduled in the semi-finals next weekend. Everton are reported to be showing an interest in Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, who faces an uncertain future.

Scientists believe that this exchange of information has a big impact on runners: people run more when they see on social media that their friends are doing the same. Men also tended to run more when they saw both their male and female friends running, but women ran more only at the influence of other women. In this regard, men may be more competitive and, specifically, more competitive with each other.

And perhaps not surprisingly, the researchers noted a stronger influence among same sex friends than mixed sex friends.

The study offered other compelling findings on the factors that make exercise more or less contagious.

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