Exercising in a group boosts happiness levels and increases tolerance to pain, according to a new study by Oxford University researchers.
Scientists working at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology analysed the pain threshold of two groups of rowers following a tough workout. One
group rowed together, the other trained individually.
The team then tested the rowers by timing how long they could tolerate an inflated blood pressure cuff on their arm.
Exercise increased both groups’ability to tolerate pain, but the difference was significantly more pronounced among the team rowers.
The research report notes, “This heightened effect from synchronized activity may explain the sense of euphoria experienced during other social activities.”