How Group Exercise Can Boost Your Fitness and Health

Do you need help to stay motivated and accountable for your fitness? Maybe you find it challenging to stick to your exercise routine and work out regularly. Well, it happens to the best of us, but there’s a trick you could do to mitigate these possibilities.

Group exercise has been increasingly popular for good reasons. Not only does it offer a range of physical benefits, but it can also be a fun and social way to stay fit and healthy.

This article will discuss the benefits of group exercise and other tips on how you can use it to maximize your fitness potential and stick with your goals.

If you have ever tried a Zumba class, set foot in a cycling studio, or joined a yoga stretching session, you’ve participated in a group exercise. Group exercise refers to any form of physical activity that is done in a group setting, typically led by a certified fitness instructor or personal trainer.

Group exercise offers an avenue to achieve your fitness goals while maintaining a fun and social environment, which can effectively support your fitness journey.

Group workouts have different forms, such as aerobic classes, strength training, yoga, pilates, dance classes, and more. They can be held in gyms, community centers, parks, and even online.

Whether you want to lose weight, increase your strength, build muscles, or enhance your flexibility, there’s a group exercise that will fit your needs. However, when choosing the best group exercise, you must consider some things.

  • Identify your fitness goals
  • Consider your fitness level
  • Choose activities that you enjoy
  • Consider the time and location
  • Look for a supportive community

Meet like-minded people

Having new friends with the same goals of improving themselves and prioritizing their health is always great. When you and your friends are doing the same workouts and routines, you share the same struggles and triumphs in the gym.

One barrier to exercise is that many feel uncomfortable going alone, so being in a class takes all the awkwardness and allows you to feel at ease knowing you are part of a “tribe” with the same goals.

For example, being in a dance class means meeting people who love to dance. Attending yoga classes means you may find people who value mindfulness and self-care.

Being in a class trains two critical skills in life: speaking and listening. It allows you to develop and utilize your social skills in a safe environment. In addition, you may pick up new ideas, perspectives, and exercise tips while interacting with fellow fitness enthusiasts.

Group exercises give you an extra push to get through your workouts. When you are alone in your fitness journey, it’s easy to fall back on your bad habits and patterns if you are the only one you are letting down. However, when you have friends, families, an instructor, or a gym buddy expecting you to show up, it’s much harder to bail out.

Working out with like-minded people can bring out your inner motivation to improve. You might even find yourself getting competitive and pushing yourself to work harder.

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About 92% of people who set their new year's resolutions and goals never actually achieve them. However, a 2015 study shows that working with an accountability buddy or updating someone about your progress can significantly increase your chance of completing your goals.

This means that exercising with a group can help you stay on track and committed to your fitness goals due to the added layer of accountability.

Most group classes are led by a professional trainer or certified instructor with the necessary experience and expertise in their chosen field. This means that you will receive professional guidance, and you will always be in safe hands.

This is also an exciting opportunity to learn from people who might already achieve your desired fitness goals. Who knows, you may even get to hear some inspiring stories that will motivate you to keep pushing toward your own fitness goals.

The thinking and planning part of the exercises are all done for you when you belong to an exercise class. Your instructor will strategically design your exercise routines based on your fitness levels and show you how to do them correctly.

This is ideal for beginners and people wanting to know more about fitness and exercise science. Many even consider group classes an exciting alternative to having a personal instructor.

Here’s a plan that will keep you accountable with structured workouts:

Exercising is known to boost your happy hormones. But, exercising together with friends combined with the guidance of an energetic and trustworthy instructor will leave you feeling more positive and motivated than ever.

To prevent boredom and monotony during workouts, fitness classes are designed to keep you engaged through energizing music and a diverse range of movements that challenge your body and mind.

Ultimately, it all comes down to your preference. Some people enjoy the solitude of exercising alone, and it allows them to focus more on their physical activity. But if you are in an exercise class, you might be getting more health benefits according to science.

According to one study of people with high-stress levels, regularly participating in group fitness classes can significantly decrease perceived stress and increase physical, mental, and emotional well-being compared to exercising alone.

Participating in group exercise classes can offer numerous benefits beyond physical fitness, especially if you struggle to stick with your fitness goals. Engaging with people with the same mindset can help you stay motivated and committed to your goals. More importantly, group exercise classes provide a sense of belonging and a supportive environment.

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Bert Bauzon is a licensed physiotherapist specializing in spinal care and sports rehabilitation. He writes articles and books about exercise science and health care.

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