Get Fit__ Secret to Holding Plank

August 21, 2014 | By

When peer pressure is a-ok.

Peer pressure generally leads to things that aren't that great for you. The "one" more drink has gotten us more than once.  Well, new research says you can peer pressure your friends into exercising longer and harder.

The paper was published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Psychologist Christian Jarrett has summarized the findings for the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. Jarret writes:

Sixty-eight regulars (nine men) at a Pilates studio were asked to perform two plank exercises, and to hold each for as long as they possibly could.

The participants were given a three-minute rest between each attempt. The key intervention is that between planks, half the participants were given the "social norms" message that 80 per cent of people similar to them (in terms of age, gender and Pilates level) had achieved a 20 per cent longer time on their second effort. The other participants were told nothing of this kind, or anything else.

Participants held the plank position twice. The second time, they were told their peers could hold the plank longer, and voila the peer pressure worked. Participants held their second pose 5 percent longer than their first try. The second group who wasn't told anything, dropped by 18%.

So go ahead and let the peer pressure roll. We just hope you use it for the more beneficial things. Most of the time.

Spotted via: NY Mag

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