Are you someone that finds themselves more and more gravitating towards exercises like SoulCycle, Crossfit Boxes, Megaformer Pilates class, Barry’s Bootcamp just to name a few? Maybe you have worked out for most of your life but you find yourself not being the solo gym rat anymore and you are really getting into sweating with people in a group fitness class instead of by yourself. Well, there is a reason for that.
A new study published from Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, states that exercising with a group significantly improves one’s quality of life and lowers their stress.
To spare you the boring details, the exercisers that worked out in a group experienced an improved mental state and reduction of stress by 26 percent, compared to those that worked out alone. If you really want to know all of the details, here is the link again to the research.
When we come together with whatever we do in life, it forms a sense of community. We come together to bond, to experience an experience together, and overall be joyous with one another. It is no surprise that exercising in a group does the same thing. There is something about coming together with friends, sweating your butt off doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, does a lot more to the mind and body than just getting in a good workout.
Next time you are working out solo, take a moment to think about how you feel. Do really enjoy it? Are you seeing the results you want? If you totally enjoy working out solo, then, by all means, keep on keeping on and a huge kudos to you! If you aren’t the biggest fan, then check out some group fitness classes. Sure you may be intimidated by a huge group of people but they aren’t there to judge. They are there to welcome you and give you that much deserved high five when the class is complete.
What is your favorite group fitness class and why?
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