It's often been said that having a training partner is a great way to stay accountable, push yourself and reach your goals. Now, there is even more research to support this theory.
The Benevolence Boomerange
Experts say that women are especially good at reaching out to the people around them and offering them support. And experts also say that these compassionate exchanges can have a powerful impact on a person's mind and body - not just the receivers, but the giver's as well. They call it the "Benevolence Boomerang effect".
One landmark study found that roughly two-thirds of people who help others report a distinct physical sensation. Researchers coined the phrase "helper's high" to describe the immediate surge of physiological changes that stem from genuine goodwill. The physical symptoms -which can range from feeling exhilarated and euphoric to stronger and calmer, as well as noticing fewer or less intense aches and pains- are all associated with increased levels of your body's feel-good happiness hormones. These same hormones have also been linked to improved health markers such as lower blood pressure and weight loss.
This is the future: ambitious women chasing down aggressive goals and major dreams while supporting, encouraging, and celebrating the women around them who are doing the same.
Get on the bandwagon - set a goal to walk or run in the Character Run, find a partner to train with you, and make that dream happen!
Read more in the July 2018 issue of Women's Health magazine