Exercise helps your body in countless ways. It is known to reduce the risk of heart diseases, boost energy levels and certainly helps you get better sleep. But exercising alone can be daunting. You may be shy or may just not be motivated enough to wake up at 5 am for a quick run. Group exercise is a strategy that can help you dodge these self-imposed roadblocks. After all, there definitely is some truth to the old-age – “There is strength in numbers”. All that’s said about the power of working out in a group, let’s see what exactly is it about group exercise that motivates us.
1. Increase in Confidence
You feel less shy while working out in a group. You feel more comfortable, more confident and you are less conscious about being body-shamed. Moreover, group exercise classes have a healthy mix of people who are beginners as well as those who are experts. The beginners get a chance to learn more about fitness and gain confidence.
2. Healthy competition
One reason why we push ourselves harder is our instinctive competitive nature. A study conducted in a gym made participants run on a treadmill alone or in a group. Those running alone ran for an average of 10 minutes, whereas those running in groups ran for an average of 20 minutes. That’s 100% more exercise.
3. More Accountability
In a group exercise, you feel more accountable for the schedule of others. We have seen many people say, “I have to wake up at 5 am and run with the group tomorrow or they are going to give me a hard time for not showing up”. That’s accountability, folks! The fear of group teasing or being embarrassed by a no-show will get you out of bed.
4. Better Social Life
Taking a kick-boxing or a yoga class together or even just running in a group gives you a chance to catch up on each other’s lives. It’s only natural to talk about other things while working out together. Group exercise can lead to friendships and friendships are instrumental for better mental health. It is a win-win situation!
In a world where we are increasingly relying on social media and texting, group exercise offers refreshing human interaction. Group exercise provides consistency because they involve accountability and commitment. What’s more, it improves your overall performance as well. All those shouts to do more and the hi-fives for completing sets keep you motivated. All these things can ensure you stick to your exercise routine.