Having a best friend is fun but have you ever stopped to consider all of the health benefits it brings to your life?
Women who workout with a friend are more likely to exercise than those who workout alone.
Makes sense, right? Hitting the gym with your BFF also leads to additional time in the gym, helping you get a good sweat going and burning those calories.
Improves mood, self-esteem and reduces stress.
It’s simple. Having the right friends to spend time with or confide in helps to release endorphins that improve your mood. It’s also good to have a smaller network of friends, avoiding superficial friendships says Laura L. Carstensen. Carstensen, the founding director of the Standford Center of Longevity in California, says a small network is good for your mental health. Carstensen also warns not to go too small with your inner circle, as you could experience unnecessary loneliness, anxiety and depression.
Lowers your risk for terminal illness
A late 80s study conducted at the University of Michigan discovered people who go about life isolated have an increased risk of mortality. Since that study, numerous others have backed up those findings, pointing out those who are lonely are at a high risk to develop dementia and high blood pressure. Those same individuals also have weaker immune systems and struggle sleeping well.
Women with a BFF live longer
According to the American Journal of Health and Behavior, spending time with friends can be just as positive on your health as exercising, eating healthy or even quitting smoking.