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Being competitive and setting goals is a sure-fire way to commit yourself to increasing your fitness level, but we found that fit Brits are taking their exercise regimes to new extremes by going head to head with friends and family.

We’re are not saying that being competitive is a bad thing, but, the lengths that fitness fans are going to are certainly surprising.

We found that 1 in 3 gym goers compete with their friends about how much they work out and what they eat. And, 1 in 10 green-eyed Brits admit that they feel jealous of their friends and the health and fitness results that they achieve.

Even celebrities are confessing to possessing this competitive streak. Geordie lass, Vicky Pattinson, has admitted to being particularly envious of her Geordie Shore co-stars, Holly Hagan and Charlotte Crosby.

So, is it healthy to work out competitively?

Well, our research revealed that paying attention to your work out partners exercise regime and nutrition may actually be healthy for you. 1 in 5 people admit to feeling inspired when they see their friends lose weight, which encourages others to follow suit.

However, 22% admitted that their competitiveness has gotten the better of them as they have even fallen out with a friend because of fitness and dieting. And, if you think that’s a little extreme, people are also seeking to compete with others that they don’t even know, 53% say they compare themselves to people that they see on social media.

Women aged 21-25, were found to be the most competitive gym goers, as 35% claim to be in competition with their friends and a further 14% said they have been jealous of a friend losing weight or improving their fitness.

Competitive fitness isn’t necessarily a bad thing, a small amount of competition is healthy, as this will encourage us to try harder and be the best that we can be. What we all need to bear in mind that everyone’s bodies are different, and therefore everyone’s results will be different, and as such, Brits should avoid comparing themselves with others as much as possible.

Do you feel that a competitive mindset helps you to make the most out of your fitness regime? Let us know!

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