Benefits of Group Exercise
Group exercise is described as an exercise session performed by a group of individuals led by an instructor. Group exercise provides the participants with an opportunity to feel young, strong, and physically active with others.
It’s been discovered that the most common reason why most people stop exercising is boredom. In group exercise, boredom never shows up as the varieties of class formats keeps participants motivated and interested. Participants of group exercise usually benefit from the experiences of the instructor’ styles, music selection, and interaction with other participants.
Studies have proven that an hour-long workout session goes by very quickly when a group of people exercise together with a dynamic instructor and the right kind of music. The social atmosphere created during group workout sessions makes participants stay interested all through the session and looks forward to repeating the experience.
Group exercise offers focus and accountability among participants. It also helps to build a strong and supportive relationship between participants and the group instructor.
The different group exercise formats include aerobics and dance choreographed to music, core conditioning, Pilates, yoga, muscle conditioning, step aerobics, indoor cycling, kickboxing, sculpting, fall prevention, and boot camp.
Your choice of classes depends on what you enjoy doing and the fitness club or studio you attend, the expertise of the instructors, and the amount of time you have.
Group exercise offers a variety of benefits you might miss out on if you choose to work out on your own.
Some of the benefits include:
- Exposure to a social and fun environment.
2. A safe and effectively designed workout
3. A consistent exercise schedule
4. An accountability factor for participating in the exercise session with other participants.
5. Group exercise sessions keep the participants motivated and energized even after the session.
An exercise class structured with a specific purpose will always achieve its purpose. As it is the duty of the group instructor to make sure that the routine is beneficial even to participants with limited knowledge about safe and effective exercise programming.
An appropriately designed class includes warm-up, flexibility and cool-down in addition to the conditioning section. When people exercise on their own, they often skip portions of a workout they know less about or are not their favorite to perform.
Furthermore, the fitness professional is not only designing the components of the workout, but also the intensity, so the class is designed appropriately to improve cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness.
The fitness professional can also serve as a resource for class participants and encourage them to engage in other healthy behaviors outside of class.
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