A new exercise buddy may give you that extra motivation to keep going, according to a new study from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

For the study, the researchers asked half of the participants to find a new gym buddy and told the other half to continue with their normal exercise routine. The findings revealed that the participants who found a new workout partner exercised more than those who followed their regular exercise routine on their own.

The researchers also set out to investigate what qualities make a good partner. They found that participants exercised more when their companion offered emotional support and encouragement, rather than just practical support like never missing a session.

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