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Exercise with a buddy. Your brain will thank you for it

By Meeri Kim

31 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

New research suggests that working out with a friend can have many benefits, some of which extend to your brain. The Post takes a closer look at the findings.

Social exercise - working out with another person - has many advantages, and new research suggests it also may extend to your brain.

Having a workout buddy has been shown to help boost your motivation, sense of adventure and the likelihood of showing up. For older adults, the potential benefits are even more pronounced. Compared with those who exercise solo, people older than 65 who exercise with others are more physically active, have a lower risk of functional disability and suffer fewer falls.

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