Many people have spent the last few years working out in isolation. Now that gyms are open again, sticking to the same routine of working out alone can be tempting.
And sure, it can be easy to stroll into a gym, plug your phone into a treadmill, and go into a habitual routine at your own pace. In fact, showing up to do this is quite commendable.
However, one of the best things you can do for your physical fitness and mental health is to join a group exercise class.
Benefits of Taking Group Fitness Classes
Here are five reasons to take group fitness classes instead of always working out solo.
1. Camaraderie and support
During class, the camaraderie you get from working hard with others makes it easier to push yourself more than you would by yourself.
Plus, the exercises in group classes are more creative, fun, engaging, and motivating than those you would do on your own.
Certified Personal Trainer from the Center for Health & Wellbeing Jenny Mosely adds, “As fitness professionals in a group class setting, we are there to motivate and encourage you while keeping your body challenged with varied exercises.”
2. You’ll end up working out more frequently
When you feel motivated and energized by your classmates, you’re less likely to skip out on a workout. You know that your fitness friends and the instructor will miss you when you’re absent, so you may end up working out more frequently than you would otherwise.
3. You’ll be observed by a professional
It’s easy to fall into bad habits, such as bad form, when working out alone. Nobody is there to correct your form or offer advice. This can lead to inefficiencies and even injuries.
Mosley says, “The most important thing we do is coach you to develop the correct technique for each exercise. Proper form helps you avoid injury so that you will get the most benefits out of your workout.”
4. Take out the guesswork
When you take group fitness classes, you don’t have to waste time figuring out what you’re going to do. It’s easy to show up and follow along!
You’ll get variety added to your workouts through moves you would have never thought to do. This keeps your workouts fresh and interesting.
5. Continuous goal setting
Finally, attending group fitness classes can help you make and achieve your goals. You will be held accountable for your goals and won’t want to give up after achieving them. Your fitness instructor can help you determine what new goals to hit, so you’re always climbing.
Ready to Find Your New Favourite Group Fitness Class?
The Centre for Health & Wellbeing has various classes for all ages, levels, and abilities. Join FS for a fitness membership or attend an overnight retreat to jumpstart your wellness journey.