With the crop up of a lot of different exercise programs, the question has been plaguing our minds: are group exercises actually more motivating than working out solo? Perhaps you have seen the classes advertised at your local gym and considered them for a fleeting moment before moving on with your day. But perhaps you should be giving those classes a second glance.
Some of the exercise programs that have appeared in the past few years have included:
- Yoga Flow
So you can do these all in group classes. Does that mean that they will help you lose more weight or stay healthier and in better shape?
Here are some ways that working out in a group can benefit you:
- Motivating: Unless you are one of those rare unicorns who can pop out of bed at 5:00 am and go for a run, working out first thing in the morning is tough. But if you have a class waiting for you or if it is something that you have paid for, you have the incentive to trudge out of bed and get your body going. Chances are that most people in that class are just as exhausted as you are so you can all wakeup together.
- Creates Accountability: Just like it was when you were a kid getting up for school, knowing that you are supposed to be somewhere at a certain time will make you automatically get up. I’m not saying that you still won’t need that cup of coffee, but I still say it’s easier to move. And once it is integrated as part of your schedule, just like going to work, you will make it happen no matter how exhausted you are. Also like school, the class instructor is like a teacher: they will keep track of tardiness. And you don’t want to be the guy that comes in after class has already started so everyone turns around and looks at you. Well, at least I can’t stand to be that guy! It can be awkward. So you will push yourself to be on time.
- Building Friendships: Most of the time, people enjoy being around some people. You can joke, have fun, and enjoy socializing. And this completely translates to working out. You will be able to joke with your fellow classmates in a group setting, laugh at how you fail at doing something together, or even bond about how tired you all are. That will give you something to look forward to and enjoy with your workout class. It will not be something that you dread going to like a chore, but instead will be something that you can look forward to doing, like a fun place to socialize. Not only do you get good, positive social interaction, but you are keeping your body in great working order all at the same time.
Well regardless, one thing is for sure: working out in a group setting is usually way more entertaining than working out alone. The time passes faster. You are more motivated to try new things. And you don’t usually feel bad if you are not completely successful doing a move or something, because others are not going to be one hundred percent amazing at it either. And even if they are better at the workout than you are, it gives you something to aspire to be able to do.
Most places will let you drop in to a single class for free or a small amount to see if it interests you before you sing up for the whole thing. Try a couple out. Maybe you will find a new passion or pastime.