Last week, we discussed how to start establishing an exercise routine. It can be intimidating entering a gym for the first time and seeing people who all know what they’re doing. Sometimes, knowing where to start in a gym is one of the most difficult parts of getting motivated to exercising. Thankfully, group fitness classes help overcome this problem!
There are all kinds of group fitness classes that have different goals and will meet your needs and wants. For instance, gentle yoga is a great way to relax and stretch your body, while spin class will get your heart rate up.
Here are just a few of the many advantages of group fitness classes:
- You are instantly motivated: Being in a group fitness class with other like-minded people will increase your motivation and make you want to succeed. You are more likely to push yourself harder than you would have in a workout compared to if you were the only person keeping you accountable. However, remember that exercising safely is important. If you are just starting out, allow yourself to build up gradually. Do no try to compete with others in the class. Instead, listen to your body and your conditioning.
- They are completely modifiable: The classes are a mix of people that have been going for years and newbies that want to try something out. For this reason, the classes are modifiable to fit your needs. You pick your weights and you pick your intensity level. No one judges or comments because you are in such a welcoming environment.
- Socializing: Group classes are a great way to meet people! If you are new to a city or are looking to broaden your friend circle, no better place to do that than a group fitness class. If you begin going consecutively, you will start to see the same folks and will be able to strike up conversations and build relationships.
- Learn techniques for personal workouts: I really found it intimidating going into the weight room of my gym because I had no idea what types of exercises to do. After taking a few body pump classes, I learned different weight exercises that I could do on my own outside of the class. You can take pieces of exercises from all different fitness classes that will give you the confidence to succeed in your personal workouts.
Have you tried a group fitness class? If so, what is your favorite and why?
Sweet Life Wellness Student Intern
Dietetics student at University of Maryland-College Park