Oh the good old days when we had recess, and working out meant dodgeball and roller blading…sigh. We were just kids goofing off with our friends, and we still burned 500 calories. If we reminisce for the playground days, then why not spice up exercising as adults? Healthy living should not require lonely, monotonous routines, mundane treadmill runs, or checking your watch every thirty seconds until the workout is finished. Turn happy hour into healthy hour and reap the benefits of making your exercise more social.
Benefits of Group Exercise:
You Just Might Laugh– Group activities push you out of your comfort zone to try new activities alongside others who have no clue what they’re doing either. Before you know it, you’ll have new friends you can count on to be your socializing buddies at every group activity. The variety of group fitness activities keeps exercise entertaining so you no longer are drawn to your watch. An activity with people who have similar health interests is the best gift you can give yourself after a long day of computer screens and little human interaction. You will be more likely to keep up your workouts if they’re fun!
See Improvement– Instructors design their activities for maximum effectiveness. The teachers are professionally trained and have knowledge that is impossible to access on your own. The directions in a group activity provide boundaries for safety. Instructors correct your bad habits and point out what you’re doing wrong to help you achieve your personal best.
Group Classes Never Flake– Group fitness calendars may start to read like your social calendar. As relationships grow through group activities, you form accountability partners to keep you from bailing out on exercise. Group classes are consistent, while offering a variety of twists relative to traditional exercise.
Beginner-friendly– No prior knowledge is necessary to get involved with group classes. Social fitness classes open doors to new sports and hobbies that you would never discover on your own. When you begin a new activity, groups make it easy to hang in the back until you feel comfortable with what you’re doing.
Stay Motivated– Group fitness is the best way to ease into a regular workout routine. Camaraderie among your peers provides motivation to make it to class and challenge yourself to keep up a healthy lifestyle and improve your current fitness levels. Group fitness is a great way to bring your friends and family to activities to encourage them to be more active too!
Healthier All Around– The social support in a group makes it easier to lose weight, engage in healthier behaviors, re-energize, and improve your mood, according to a study in Psychology Today.
There’s no excuse to not try out a group exercise activity. Join Team Green Adventures for group fitness events like paddle boarding, hiking, yoga in the park, mountain biking, or archery. Team Green is strongly committed to your health and wellbeing and offers a variety of ways to begin making your workouts more social! Ring in the start of summer this year by getting outdoors, trying something new, and pledging to improve your health… with us!
– Kate (Team Green’s Summer Intern)