To celebrate the release of Bridesmaids on Blu-ray and DVD, we've been looking at the importance of bridesmaids and friendship. Looking specifically at your exercise regime, we take a closer look at the benefits of training together: 

Do cardio together: Cardiovascular training with someone else can make it less boring. Walking, biking and running are great examples of cardio exercises that can be shared. The ability to carry on a conversation while doing cardio is an excellent method of determining your level of intensity; if you are breathless and can't talk, you might be exceeding a safe heart rate range.

Friendly competition: In most cases, men have more muscle mass and greater strength than women, but when it comes to body weight exercises involving the core, such as crunches, bicycles and low back extensions, many women can outperform their men! The friendly banter and mild competition with a friend is often the difference between completing a set or not.

Better sex: A recent study at the Harvard School of Public Health reported that men who were physically active had a 30% lower risk for erectile dysfunction than men who are sedentary. In another study by the University of British Columbia, researchers found that women who exercised for 20 minutes each day had an improved sexual response when compared to women who did not exercise at all. Researchers believe exercise creates a feeling of higher self-esteem and increased stamina.

Shared vision of well-being: It is easier to fend off the slings and arrows of tempting desserts, lethargy, inertia and self pity when someone has your back.  Being fit and healthy is an advantage in living one's life to its fullest. When a couple commits to this as a shared lifestyle, the benefits are not doubled... they increase tenfold. 

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