When it comes to fitness there is actually some truth to the old adage: ‘there is strength in numbers,’ especially if you’re the type that plans to go at it alone. The benefits of working out in a group setting are myriad, which is why we at Youfit encourage our members to try a YouGX class! With a long list of classes offered including Yoga, Pilates, Piyo, Zumba, Kickboxing, Dance Fitness (yep, the list is still going), Cycling, Interval Training, and more, there is bound to be something for everyone regardless of fitness level and experience.
Let’s be honest – if you’ve been interested in shaking up your routine in general, it’s nice to know someone else is doing the guess work for you.
So why are group exercise classes beneficial in reaching your fitness goals? We’re here to discuss the social aspects of exercise, which can be just as important as the physical aspects.
Motivation, Support and Accountability
We all have those days. You know, the ones where you feel exhausted. The days you’d rather sit through several reruns of Friends. The days that the voice in your head is telling you to go home and skip just one day. When you work out individually, it’s easy to fall into this thinking and to feel like working out is a chore. Plus, you only have to disappoint yourself.
BUT in a group setting, we experience external motivation and tend to feel a sense of belonging and camaraderie. Sometimes all it takes to keep going is an extra push from someone telling you “You’ve got this!” or “just one more rep.” Research shows we even push ourselves to work harder when we are in a group setting. It can be inspiring and fun to work alongside others as you all work toward a similar goal (or get into a friendly wager with your neighbor about who can do more pushups).
A benefit of attending YouGX classes is the friendly faces pushing you to stick to your regimen and wanting you to reach your goals when you might otherwise stop. Groups of people working out can help keep one another in check, with social obligation being another reason to leave the house and get active. Even with strangers, the FOMO (fear of missing out) is strong enough to keep you going when you know you should but your body says otherwise. Hey – sometimes, not wanting to let someone else down is a good enough motivator.
Friendship and Community
Joining a group fitness class helps feed our desire to be with people. We are all social creatures and what better way to feed this than in a group class! Besides, you can’t keep listening to Mary from accounting ramble on about antiquing all day and have no other social outlets.
Classes can introduce you to people who share similar interests with you. Getting to know these people can expand your friendship circle and build new relationships – break out of that friendship rut already! Working out with a friend or someone new can be awesome. Plus, research shows when you surround yourself with people who have similar goals, you have a better chance of making progress toward those goals.
So you meet some people you like and you get in shape. Yeah, deal me in for that.
Whether you’re looking for more motivation or to make new friends, there is most definitely a social side to exercise that can have an impact on you. We love to see new faces in our classes and encourage you to find a class that is right for you!