Exercise does not always have to be boring, hard work. Yes, it can actually be fun. Think of group exercise as a night out with friends, but you are doing something beneficial for yourselves. There are so many awesome factors to group fitness classes. You can do these classes with your friends or you can meet new people and create new friendships. This then brings in the accountability factor, if you miss a class the other participants will be asking where you were and why you missed class. This will really help you stick to your goals because you won’t want to let down the others in the class. When you see the other people in the class doing certain exercises it makes you believe you are also able to complete those exercises, so you push yourself a little bit more. Studies have shown that you are more likely to push yourself in a group setting. Getting fit can often be lonely, especially when you are just getting started. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it shouldn’t be.
Another great thing about classes is that you don’t even have to think about your workout. You show up and the instructor has designed a safe and effective workout. All these exercises require no previous exercise knowledge or experience. The instructor also helps to make sure you maintain proper form, which will prevent injuries. Instructor also help meet individuals diverse needs. During these classes the instructor will offer options for modifications for exercises and teach you how to exercise properly. A really awesome benefit of group classes is that the instructor explains benefits of each exercise, which then increases reasons to complete the workout. The instructor will include a variety of equipment to keep you motivated and interested. It is the instructor’s job to keep encouraging you to keep you on track.
Studies have shown that you burn more calories in fitness classes, and there is higher endorphin output. Not to mention better performance due to regular attendance. Group classes are on a set day at a set time so it is easy to fit it into your schedule and commit because it is always the same. Time will fly by during the workouts because you get to be social and discuss what is going on in your life. You may even be able to come up with solutions to problems as you talk with other participants. You get so much support from other participants, not just about your workout but in real life situations as well. You also get a sense of belonging.
Group fitness classes are more entertaining and have a variety of workouts. You get a full body workout in just an hour. Classes are lead by someone you can trust and that leader creates an environment with “rules”, direction and a clear plan. Participating in a group fitness class makes you part of a close-knit community that sweats, aches and achieves together!