Group walking has a number of physical and social benefits and can improve your quality of life, finds a review from Anglia Ruskin University in East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Results of the review were published in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.
The researchers analyzed 18 studies involving healthy adults who walked in groups, walked alone, or did not walk regularly, for an average of six months. They discovered that those who walked in groups were more likely to keep up with their exercise program.
In addition, group walkers scored significantly higher in five of the seven studies that evaluated quality of life than those who didn’t walk with groups. If you find it difficult to stick to an exercise regimen, this research suggests that walking in groups could help you stick with it and promote a lifetime of fitness.