Do you have a hard time getting started with a new project? Do you find exercising difficult to commit to for whatever the reason? Well, some of those who struggle with this have found the answer in group exercise.
There’s strength in numbers. This can also be applied when working out at the gym. I’ve found joy in group exercise ever since I began a group exercise programme; it’s been highly effective so far. Here are some of the benefits I’ve experienced:
It keeps you motivated – Group exercise can function as a motivational tool to keep you going with health and wellness efforts, including exercising. People within the group can encourage each other because tough days will come to everyone. If my fitness coach hadn’t made it clear that we should absolutely not miss classes unless it was impossible, we’d probably start dropping like flies. If you miss a class, the instructors will get in contact with you to find out why you missed the class.
Throughout the session, you can hear others cheering for one another to get through the toughest portions of the exercise routine. I’ve found it to be truly motivating.
It makes you accountable – If you’ve made a commitment to participate in your group exercise class, it’s easier to keep that commitment to yourself because you’ve made the promised to the others involved. This is particularly important where you break up into smaller groups during the exercise class. For example, some of the suspension training where rubber straps are used requires one partner for each group of two. If someone doesn’t show up for class, there can be an odd number of students, thus causing delays to finish that portion of the exercises. So, it’s good to stay accountable for attending the class and also trying not to be late. And since group instructors will call you to inquire why you weren’t present, all of this makes it harder to skip out when you don’t feel like staying accountable for your attendance.
It’s a confidence builder – Group exercise may also boost confidence levels. If you work through the tough spots in the exercise routine alongside others, it can boost your confidence, thus helping you in both your success and others’. In the group exercise setting, you can actually see people’s confidence begin to build as the class progresses. I’ve noticed that someone’s face will light up when the instructor tells one of the exercise students that they’re doing a great job with doing the exercise and using proper form. The more you hear these confidence-boosting statements, the more you feel like participating and giving your 100%.
New social avenues – You’re already in a group with others who want to make their physical health and fitness a priority. You therefore have a common goal, so it’s also a good way to make new friends through similar interests. It’s a great way to network with those who want to be physically fit. I’ve found that when I run races, other runners will tell me about other upcoming events. This also happens in the group exercise classes.
It reduces your chances of injury – Do some exercise machines and equipment look tricky and confusing to use? You’re not alone. A lot of us have felt that way. It can be easy to misuse exercise equipment when you aren’t given specific instructions from a trained exercise expert. In a group exercise setting, there may be less chances of injury when a trained instructor demonstrates and goes through each exercise to ensure that participants are doing the exercises properly and safely. It can also put you at ease, knowing you’ve been properly shown how to use the exercise equipment. You can also spot each other when executing certain exercises together, making sure that there’s something to catch you or point out any hyper-extension or similar mistakes.
Reaching your goals – There also may be a greater chance of success with reaching your fitness goals if it’s done in groups. Some may be more likely to continue and be consistent when they have community support to stick with. Also, many programmes will actually have a system built into the process so that the participants can track their progress throughout the exercise course, helping them stay on track.
So, what’s holding you back? Go out there and get started, you can do it!