They say there is strength in numbers. A study done at Penn State University supported this theory by demonstrating the impact and effectiveness of group fitness on exercise. Dr. Gottshall took a group of 25 sedentary workers and had them complete a 30-week exercise program. The participants were assessed throughout the 30-week program. Each presented significant reductions in body mass and cholesterol. By the end, participants had become regular exercisers. 20 of the 25 participants never missed a workout. The overall results showed an improvement in confidence and motivation.
With less than 25% of Americans meeting the national physical guidelines, it's imperative to find effective ways to increase physical activity. People are busier than ever and have started to put exercise on the back burner. However, there is something about exercising in a group or with a friend which makes being active easier. A study done by the Journal of Stress Management showed that those who work-out with a friend experience more energy and calmness afterward. Here are 4 more benefits of being active in a group.
Knowing you should be there participating helps hold you accountable. You don't want to be the one who didn’t show up.
The social part of group exercise is very important. It can help build relationships. Especially when you are put outside of your comfort zone.
When you know somebody is counting on you to show up, you feel more motivated to go.You can find a positive and inspiring atmosphere when exercising together.
There is something about doing a group exercise that brings out your competitive side. This unspoken competition can push you to be active longer.
Exercise can act as a distraction for people. It’s an opportunity to forget all the exterior things going on in our lives, and just focus on yourself. Being physically active is a great way to improve our mood and increase our ability to cope with stress. While sedentariness increases, our risk for cardiovascular disease and other major health issues increases with it. It’s important now, more than ever, to find the time to be physically active. Whether that is going for a walk by yourself, finding a group class to join, or just finding a colleague at work and move with them.
You might be thinking group exercises aren’t for me. Sometimes you just need a little alone time. However, you should try and find time to do things as a group. A study by the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that those who regularly participate in a group fitness class had a decrease in perceived stress and an increase in physical, mental, and emotional overall health, in comparison to those who worked out alone. So you might not love group exercise classes, but you can grab a friend and start being active with them.