London: Working out with friends is better than exercising alone for women, researchers have claimed. A study of 1,000 women found that 64 percent of those who run, go to the gym or attend group exercise classes with their friends will push themselves harder than if they went alone, a daily reported.

The study, carried out by Virgin Active Health Clubs, showed that 31 per cent of women considered their friends to be the motivation they need to stay in good shape.

During the average session, women who exercised with their friends burned up to 236 calories, compared to 195 for girls who exercise alone, the study said.

The study showed that during the average exercise session, women who exercise with friends burn up to 236 calories, compared to 195 for girls who prefer to go it alone.

The average workout for friends lasted for about 42 minutes - with the average run taking around 31 minutes.

(Agencies)

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