Benefits of Group Exercise
Now over 2 months into the New Year, many are reevaluating their exercise goals.
We’ve all seen it happen: finding the motivation to actually make it to 6 a.m. boot-camp with a friend. When your initial enthusiasms wear off, where do you find the motivation to keep going? There is something to be said about the power of working out in a group.
Josh Maggard, Exos Performance Specialist at Regional Health Sports Performance Institute, says, “There are some obvious benefits to group exercise. Number one is the accountability factor, right? You could be trying to work out on your own even with a trainer but and that does provide a certain amount of accountability, having a trainer, but if you have your friends there, your family there, your co-workers there it’s another level.”
Whether it’s a group fitness class at the gym or a run in the park with some friends, there are benefits you can glean from working out in a group setting. Benefits include increased commitment, pushing yourself harder, having that extra motivation and social opportunity.
Maggard says, “Another one and probably the biggest one here is just the fun factor … that’s what makes it more of a sustainable process in a lifelong journey versus you know I’m gonna work out for two months, tire myself out, get sick of it and quit.”
Making your goals more sustainable will include a life style modification – overall good health and fitness is journey not a destination.
“Part of that is part of that is maybe biting off more than you can chew to begin with right – setting goals that are attainable and sustainable.”