7 Advantages of Exercising with Others
No matter if you’re exercising alone or in a group setting, you are going to receive a multitude of benefits, both physically and mentally.
However, exercising in group settings (like in your LLGA classes) can have some bonus benefits which include meeting some great people along the way!
But which one is better, exercising alone or exercising in a group? We have explored 7 different areas surrounding exercise and compared the two forms.
Still trying to get a friend to come along to a session? check out our 5 best ways to convince them here.
It is safe to say that the positive effect of exercising on your stress levels is common knowledge. But does working out with others vs. working out alone have a greater impact on stress?
Research into the benefits of working out alone vs in a group has shown that group exercise will leave you feeling happier and lower your stress levels post-workout.
When exercising in a group environment, it is the social interaction and comradery you experience that leads to reduced stress levels and improves your mood.
Motivation comes from the hunger you have towards achieving a certain goal. When your training, pushing out those extra reps is easier with the support and encouragement from others around you.
When exercising alone it can be easier to cut corners, miss that last rep or just skip the workout altogether.
Working out alone is obviously a lot more flexible than group training as you are running off your own schedule.
The benefits of group training are knowing that there’s always going to be a group of people waiting to help you through your workout and vice versa.
Exercising solo allows you to plan around your own schedule and complete workouts on your own accord. This means you can be more impulsive, decide your own goals, and go as hard as you want to.
On the other hand, exercising in a group is not always easily accessible, you either have to align your schedule with friends or join a class of sorts.
Live Life Get Active is aimed at improving an individual’s fitness from all levels and walks of life. Which is why we are trying to enter as many communities as possible to make group exercise and the benefits it brings more accessible to everyday people.
When exercising you never know when you may cause yourself an injury and need medical help.
There are obviously some preventative measures such as stretching and warming up but that doesn’t eliminate the chance of a sudden fall for example.
For this reason, training in a group is a lot safer as there will be people there to help assist you.
Thanks to the wealth of free information on the internet variety within your workouts is easy to achieve when exercising solo. You can adjust your plans and goals for the week with what type of exercise you feel like doing.
That being said, group exercise allows you not to worry about planning out your workouts. You can let the personal trainer take care of that and arrive ready to knock it over.
Live Life Get Active offers free Yoga, Boxing and X-Training on rotation throughout the week, so there’s no hassle or pressure to plan your own workouts.
Group workouts have the additional benefit of meeting and working out with new people
As mentioned when touching upon stress levels, the social interaction of group workouts brings a number of mental advantages over solo workouts.
In several studies, group exercise has been shown to increase endorphins at a greater level then solo exercise. So when you’re with a great bunch of people working out, that kind of connectedness can be the key to a happier post-workout high.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of exercise on mental health, then have a look at our blog on getting active and managing stress here.
Consistency with health and fitness can be difficult to achieve.
There are holidays, work commitments and other personal activities that can affect our goals. This can have a negative effect on the way we plan and commit to our workouts.
With group exercise and especially Live Life Get Active you can be sure that the instructor will be there each week at the same time with a plan on bettering you.
Turning up each week to sessions will build your consistency and allow you to improve your form, better your strength and increase your overall fitness.