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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

3 healthy benefits of joining group exercise classes

For most of us, it’s hard to get excited when it comes time to exercise. We can all agree that physical activity is important to our health and should be a part of our daily routine. Yet it’s still much easier to find an excuse than to motivate ourselves to start moving.

But there is one type of exercise that not only can encourage you to show up but may even provide inspiration. If you haven’t yet, you may want to explore group classes or exercising with friends.

Classes are great because they offer the benefit of an instructor to help with your performance. But creating a standing date with friends to meet two to three times a week and perfect your yoga poses can be just as effective.

If you’ve been finding it hard to stick with your fitness plan, try this trick to see if it could work for you.

Why group exercises have a positive impact on your health

In a perfect world, we would always choose actions that were good for us, regardless of whether it was a fun or pleasant experience. But for most of us, we need a little extra boost when it comes to our exercise regimen. Sharing this with others can actually produce a positive change to our mood. Here are three reasons why and the benefits they bring.

1. Groups help motivate and inspire us

When we plan activities as a group, versus doing things by ourselves, it appears to increase not only our inspiration but our excitement as well. We pick up on other people’s energy and it can help propel us. Studies have shown that we not only tend to keep up with our fitness plans when others are involved, but we’ll likely put in the extra effort.

Benefit: We’re motivated to work even harder with others. It seems that no one wants to be the weak link in a group so we’ll often try harder to improve our performance.

2. Groups provide social benefits

Even if the activity is exercising, being with others is usually registered in our brains as a more enjoyable activity. We need human interaction and when it occurs while we’re spending time on something we’re not all that excited about, it can help us get through it. The social aspect of group classes or exercising together can even become something we look forward to.

Benefit: Research is full of examples of the advantages of social experiences and it doesn’t matter what form it takes. Whether it’s a party or a dance class, it’s a prescription against isolation and loneliness.

3. Groups make it easier to be accountable

If it’s only you going to the gym but you decide you’d rather sleep in and skip the exercise, it can be much easier to hit the snooze button, roll over and go back to sleep. We often don’t hold ourselves to a strict standard. But if your friends are waiting or you’ll have to call and let them know you won’t make it, the choice becomes more difficult.

Benefit: Group accountability can make it easy to stay with a routine. If you know you’ll have to explain why you missed the class, that may provide motivation enough to encourage your attendance.

Evidence to back up the claims

There have been several studies conducted on the benefits of group exercises. Here are a few of the results that have been found:

1. Overweight people lost more weight the more time they spent with their fit friends.

2. Around 95% who started a weight-loss program with friends completed that program, compared to 76% who went solo.

3. A primary reason people remained committed to their fitness goals was positive peer pressure. They knew others would notice if they didn’t show up and they wanted to avoid that scenario.

4. When we exercise with others we tend to push ourselves a little harder. We also will try to match the performance level of those who are doing better than us.

5. One of the most fulfilling benefits of group exercise? It’s more fun. Research has found that those who worked out with friends said it was more enjoyable than when they worked out alone.

How Independent Living can help you stay healthy

There are many advantages to moving into an Independent Living community but one of the biggest benefits is the on-site fitness center that you’ll likely find. When we don’t want to do something, it’s so easy to search for obstacles. Each one that we find can be the basis for our excuse to avoid the activity. The actual act of getting to the gym is a common one. If you have to drive across town that can be a handy reason not to go.

But if all you have to do is walk out your front door, it’s hard to make that a convincing excuse. In fact, it’s probably never been easier to work out, attend a yoga class or swim laps in the pool. And Independent Living also provides the perfect community so that you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy life, including the three listed above.

You’ll also find it easy to make new friends. By getting to know each other at one of the many social activities offered, finding people to exercise with will be no problem. You’ll soon find a group that not only encourages each other to stay fit but that makes it fun to do so.

Ingleside at King Farm Independent Living

At King Farm, not only will you gain the benefits of group activities, but you’ll never get bored as our fitness center offers all you need to work on your strength, endurance, cardiovascular and flexibility. You always have the opportunity to work out on your own, but why not try a group and see how it fits?

Our classes include:

  • Balance

  • Strength

  • Cardio

  • Yoga

  • Seated yoga

  • Stretch

  • Tai Chi

We also have an elliptical machine, treadmill and cyber cycle recumbent bike, as well as free weights, wellness programs and a walking club.

Keeping a regular fitness routine is so important to both your physical and emotional health. We think you’ll find it can be an integral part of your week as we support your efforts, all while you enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle in a beautiful neighborhood.

Call (240) 455-4582 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.



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