Group exercise is more than a room full of like-minded, sweaty individuals. This type of workout has many benefits beyond that of a solo exercise regime. It’s important to remember that different people prefer different types of group exercise: while some prefer to get their sweat on at a Zumba class, others would prefer a slow-paced restorative yoga class. Accountability, motivation, social opportunities and added physical benefits are only a few of the advantages of this type of exercise.Benefits of group exercise:
A group setting keeps you accountable to attend a class. When your instructor asks where you have been, or why you were absent, you hope to provide a legitimate excuse for your absenteeism. (NOTE: Watching Netflix is not a legitimate excuse.) If you have prepaid and registered for a class ahead of time, this sense of accountability increases.
You have made a commitment to meet twice/week for the next 12 weeks. Scheduling these sessions in advance helps eliminate excuses you may come up with. Nobody wants to let their buddy or group down – which is great for your exercise routine.
Group exercise gives you a chance to get out of the house, meet new people with similar goals, and work out with members of the community. It is much more fun to work out with others than to work out alone. It is also an opportunity to make friends, ask questions and chat about goals, challenges and solutions to common problems.
Participating in a group exercise class challenges you to push your limits beyond what you thought was possible. You are likely to work out harder, as everyone is exercising toward the same goal, than you would on your own. A group fitness instructor explains the benefits of each exercise which also increases your reasons to complete the workout and keeps you returning to class.