Research shows that group fitness, even if it’s virtual, is the best way to motivate yourself and get back to working out daily.
We all know that regular exercise is critical to health, overall well-being and longevity. But if you want to increase the results of your workouts both mentally and physically, a growing body of research shows that you shouldn’t train like a lone wolf. Two prominent exercise researchers have concluded that more than 40 percent of regular exercisers maintain their regimen through group exercise.
“Group exercise can have particularly beneficial benefits,” write L. Allison Philips, professor of psychology, and Jacob Meyer, professor of kinesiology, of Iowa State University. Working out with others can simply be more fun, they say, participants have more fun, and memories of it push them to go back to class again. In other words, the workout experience of the study participants was much more positive – and overall much more effective.
Their findings are published in the APA PsycNet journal.