Group workouts have many health benefits that you just cannot get on your own. Being with others in fitness classes is an exciting and beneficial way to incorporate exercise into your life.
Don’t take our word for it. Numerous studies indicate marked enhancements in physical, mental, and emotional well-being, along with a decrease in perceived stress levels.
Read these science-based facts that will encourage you to seek out group classes and up your fitness routine.
The Power of Group Workouts
Group sessions work on your body, mind, soul, and overall wellness. Here are five reasons to join group classes, no matter what your age or fitness level:
Maintaining connections with others is crucial for our mental well-being, as we have all come to realize. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to make friends as an adult. It’s not like it used to be when you went to school and met your future best friend on the playground. Now, we have to actively seek out social interactions.
Group fitness sessions are a great way to meet positive people and make friends who share the same interests. After all, you all already have something in common: you want to stay active and be healthy.
As a bonus, there is a powerful correlation between feeling connected and overall health, including higher self-esteem and a 50 percent increase in lifespan.
It seems pretty clear that people really do need other people, especially when they want to improve their well-being and happiness.
In order to gain the health benefits of exercise, you need to work hard. Group workouts not only surround you with like-minded people, but these sessions also create a positive and energetic environment.
Too often, when we train independently, our motivation slips, and we find we do only the bare minimum. A group environment can help you push yourself and workout with more intensity.
Moreover, a group class can help you push yourself to try something new, such as a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout, to optimize your wellness.
Part of a Team
There are multiple reasons for making your workouts communal. In addition to physical health benefits, you gain mental health benefits when participating in group fitness classes.
In a massive study of 1.2 million Americans, researchers discovered that people who participate in group exercise reduced their frequency of poor mental health by more than 20 percent. “Significant reductions in PTSD, anxiety, and depression” with community exercise further support these ground-breaking results.
You can’t get fit and healthy if you don’t get to your workout.
Yes, we’ve all done it. We say we will wake up at dawn for an early morning gym session. We set our alarms, but end up pushing the snooze button…more than once.
Sometimes we need extra motivation to get in shape. Group sessions improve consistency because they involve a commitment. ‘No shows’ and cancellations get noticed by others, and positive peer pressure can help curtail the urges to skip a workout. Even better, sign up for classes with a buddy and motivate each other to attend each session.
Statistics show that a remarkable 95% of participants who joined a workout with someone were able to complete it and sustain their weight loss over time. This shows the importance of social support and accountability when it comes to achieving health and wellness goals.
Affordable and Injury-Free
Less financial stress is always beneficial to health. Group fitness classes offer the opportunity to work with a professional fitness coach without the high cost of a one-on-one trainer.
A professional workout instructor will help you maintain the proper workout form and, more importantly, remain injury-free.
When certified trainers lead the session, you will better avoid getting hurt. That’s because quality instructor-led group classes:
- diversify workouts
- build balanced strength in all muscle groups
- maximize the time and energy you spend at the gym
Don’t Go At It Alone
When you workout with others, you work harder, gain health benefits, and have fun, all at the same time. There is no doubt that group training classes can help you be successful in meeting your health goals. By stepping into one of our Fit Body Boot Camp facilities, you become a part of a family that will support and push you to be the best you can be.
Join us at Fit Body Boot Camp today and begin your journey to optimum health.