Is group exercise your secret weapon to staying active this year?
January 2022 is upon us, which makes the sparkle, lights and festivities of Christmas feel like a distant memory.
The new year brings with it an opportunity for us to reflect on things we may wish to change or focus on but, as our usual routines commence, it can sometimes be difficult to find time for these new additions.
Staying active or improving our health is usually right at the top of the ‘to-do list’ at this time of year so how can you add this to your already busy schedule? classfinder has some top tips to help you get active and stay active.
Getting active on your own can be daunting so why not buddy up and take a class with a friend? It can be a great way to regularly socialise whilst also getting fit!
However, don’t be put off if you can’t find someone to join you. Group Exercise classes are a wonderful way to make new, like-minded friends and expand your social circle.
There’s strength in numbers
It can be easy to make an excuse or skip a gym session if the only person you are answerable to is you. However, if you are taking part in a group exercise class you are more likely to continue to attend as your classmates and instructor help support you and keep you accountable.
If the goal of exercising is to manage weight it may also be better to exercise in a group. One study found that starting a fitness programme with friends or in a group setting resulted in 95% of participants completing treatment as opposed to 76% taking part alone. Of those that participated in a group environment, 66% maintained their weight loss compared to 24% that took part individually.
Group exercise can help you work harder
Joining a group exercise class could help you perform better. A study published in 2010 researched the ‘social comparison theory’ found that people with lower fitness levels exercising in a group they perceived as fitter created a motivation to work harder.
How to stay motivated
In the winter months, it can be hard to stay motivated. Days are shorter, darker and colder but exercise can help to boost your mood. Attending a weekly or bi-weekly will help create a habit and booking in advance will mean you are less likely to make an excuse to avoid exercising. Bye-bye January Blues!
Take the pressure off
Group exercise takes the guesswork out of exercising as your instructor will guide you through movements with adaptations if needed and help you use equipment safely. Being shown how to use equipment is important as it will help to reduce misuse and injury.