There is something to be said about the power of working out in a group, but what is it about exercising with others that motivates us?
Exercising With A Group Can Take Your Workouts Up A Notch
Whether it is a group exercise class or a run in the park with some friends, working out with others can help boost your confidence and help encourage you to do more. Having another person to help keep you accountable will keep you committed. Working out with a crowd provides many intertwined benefits that include enhancing consistency, duration, motivation, conversation, camaraderie and inspiration.
Push Yourself Harder
No one wants to be the weakest link in a group setting. When it comes to fitness, this translates to pushing yourself harder when tasked with working out with people of differing fitness levels. It seems that opting for a group setting for at least a few workouts each week may help you push yourself past the threshold you tend to hit when working out solo, whether that be in time or intensity. Always be mindful to stay in your safety range.
One reason why you may push yourself harder when others are grunting alongside of you is the innate competitive streak in all of us. Group settings can lead to a positive competitiveness. For instance, wanting to keep up with those around you can make you push yourself harder than you would on your own. Seeing what others are capable of doing can inspire you to do more. This can involve trying out a new cardio machine or new exercise.
There is a bond that is created when a group struggles, sweats, fights and grinds their way through a tough workout together. When working out with other people, you can gain a sense of camaraderie because everyone is here for the same purpose. Once that group workout is scheduled into your calendar and you have other people banking on you to show up, it is a whole lot harder to hit snooze a second time and roll back over into bed. So, get up when that alarm goes off, someone’s waiting to work out with you.
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Thanks to Jenna Amazzalorso-Kwasek
Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chicago Heights
Program Leader for writing this blog.