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Health Watch: 4 reasons to get a gym buddy

Health Watch: 4 reasons to get a gym buddy

Tip of the Week

Unless you are a highly motivated self-starter who always sticks to workouts, you may want to consider finding a workout partner. Exercising with a buddy can keep you accountable, provide motivation and be lots of fun! Here are four reasons why pairing up will increase your productivity when working out.

Accountability: When your alarm goes off at 5 a.m., hitting the snooze button isn't an option if you're expected to meet your workout buddy. Making an appointment with a gym buddy keeps you accountable.

Variety: You have your go-to ab moves, favorite bicep exercises and tried-and-true cardio routine. But guess what? So does your partner! That means double the fitness knowledge. Plus, you can do workouts that are a bit tricky to do alone.

Challenge: You may think you're pushing yourself to the limits at the gym, but a study from Kansas State University thinks you can go a little harder with a little help. The study found that people who worked out with someone they perceived as athletically superior will exercise harder and longer than they would solo.

Fun: Your workout partner isn't someone you dread spending time with. If so, you should probably rethink your choice! Nope, this person can actually be a fun addition to exercise. When's the last time you've laughed during a strength superset?

— Life Fitness

Number to Know

50.2 million: More and more Americans are heading to the gym to stay in shape. According to Gym Insight’s blog, the number of people in the U.S. with health club or gym memberships has increased from 41.3 million in 2005 to 50.2 million in 2012.

Children's Health

A watchful eye: There are several things to remember about keeping your children safe from their allergies. Avoid known allergens, and teach children to avoid their allergic triggers. Know what symptoms to watch for, and have access to two epinephrine auto-injectors at all times. Seek immediate emergency medical care if anaphylaxis happens.

— Brandpoint

Senior Health

Future vision: More than 2 million Americans age 50 and older suffer from age-related macular degeneration, and it is especially prevalent among Caucasian women. Optometrist Kimberley Reed recommends that seniors eat a diet containing brightly colored fruits and vegetables, get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and remember to take their vitamins and minerals.

— Brandpoint

New Research

Sticking to it: A 35-year study conducted by the Cardiff University School of Medicine in which an initial group of 2,500 British men agreed to eat well, exercise regularly, drink less alcohol, stay in shape and refrain from smoking has showed that a healthy lifestyle could be critical in preparing your body for old age. Of the original pool of participants in the experiment that began in 1979, only 25 participants stuck to the regime in the ensuing three decades. The study says those that stuck to the rules have cut their chance of dealing with cancer, diabetes and dementia.

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