We’ve all spent a lot of time indoors over the past couple of years. From not being allowed out in big groups, to living room workouts, watching YouTube. It’s been a frustrating time. So, it’s more important than ever to enjoy the great outdoors with friends, old and new, in our quest to get, or keep, healthy and fit!
But why, we hear you ask, are group fitness classes better than working out on my own? We hear you, and we’ve got the answers right here!
If you’re working out by yourself, it’s easy to quit when the going gets tough. If you’re working out with a group of friends, or classmates, you’ll find yourself pushing harder to not be the only person that’s stopped mid-workout.
A study done in 2016 found that overweight people burnt way more calories if they spent more time with healthier friends that exercise. The more time they spent together, the more weight they lost. And this is only one of many reasons why it’s great to get fit as part of a group!
When you’re joining a group fitness class, you won’t want to let friends down by not turning up. A recent study found that 95% of people who started a weight loss regime alongside friends completed the challenge. Out of those who took it on alone, only 76% finished it. The friend group who worked out together were also 42% more likely to maintain their weight loss.
A competitive edge
John Ford, certified exercise physiologist states that ‘seeing what others are capable of doing can inspire you to do more. We’ve personally heard this feedback from our community: Watching others made me realise I had put some mental barriers up to pushing harder or trying different exercises/routines.’
In short, if you see people working out, it’s human nature to push harder, and to work harder than them, in a quicker time. You want to win, even if it isn’t a competition.
Variety – the spice of life
It can get boring doing repetitive workouts alone. In group fitness classes you’ll get to experience something different in each session. Different people. New exercises. Exciting playlists. Get the enjoyment back into your workouts!
There are so many classes to try out – from Box Fit to Silent Disco workouts, Core Crushers to HIIT killers. Get booking now and rediscover a love of working out.
As always, stay fit, happy, and healthy.
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