Group exercise boosts happiness

Group exercise boosts happiness

Exercising together appears to increase the level of the feel-good endorphin hormones naturally released during physical exertion, a study suggests.

A team from Oxford University carried out tests on 12 rowers after a vigorous workout in a virtual boat.

Those who trained alone withstood less pain – a key measure of endorphins – than those who exercised together.

Writing in Biology Letters, the authors speculate these hormones may underpin an array of communal activities.

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