Has a friend or coworker been bugging you about joining in on one of the latest group workout classes? Did you pass up the invite in favor of your same old, boring solo routine? If you answered “yes,” to these questions, it’s time to seriously reconsider. Here are five astounding advantages you can enjoy by working out with others.
Side effects of working out with others like having someone help you push through a workout and offer a high-five after a grueling set can be positive influences on continuing healthy behaviors. According to countless research studies social support is one of the most instrumental factors in maintaining a long-term weight loss program. Support comes in many forms: making sure you don’t hit the snooze button in the morning, watching your kids while you squeeze in a sweat session or providing you with helpful resources (i.e. videos on form, cookbooks, etc.) to continue your fitness journey. When it comes to group workout classes, you receive all these perks at once. Regular attendees become like family, helping you through plateaus and refocusing you when you go astray.
Piggybacking off of support comes accountability. When you participate in group exercise, missing the class means that you could have also changed the dynamic of the group that day. Plus, the guilt you experience when you return is bound to be exponentially greater when you engage in group activity than if you just skipped out on a solo workout. Why? Because you have to meet the eyes of the instructor and regular attendees who know you flaked out not just the class, but them. Having numerous accountability partners in group workout classes increases the likelihood that you show up for each session.
Ever been enthused to keep running/cycling/lifting when the training became tough merely because you looked over and saw another person beasting it out? We all have! Motivation is one of the best aspects of group exercise. These classes are often filled with people of varying fitness levels which results in, at some point or another, you working out with someone who is faster, stronger, or more lithe than you. This source of healthy competition serves as a dynamic inspiration to become better yourself.
Sure enough, some people prefer to arrive at the gym, pop in their headphones and escape into a solitary routine. While this can be pleasant for some, others thrive on forming connections. There may be 20 to 30 people in some group workout classes – one or two with whom you might hit it off! Just think, you could be making friends at a bar over drinks, but you choose to pursue your fitness goals. Great friendships are a terrific outcome to such a positive choice. Also, forming connections will boost the other benefits like having someone to hold you personally accountable or motivate you to push through until the end.
You might think blasting Ke$ha from your iPhone is intoxicating…until you step into an energy-packed group fitness session. From the instructor to the individual participants to the background music, the environment, and excitement is sizzling. What’s more, most classes change up routines sporadically to enhance muscle confusion and to prevent boredom. These classes deliver 30-50 minutes of guaranteed fun! And let’s not forget the ultimate calorie-burning experience.