Over the past few years, there is more and more research indicating that physical exercise could benefit your mental health significantly. Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by the thought of having to exercise. Finding the self-motivation to become physically active could be challenging, especially if you have not worked out in years.
Fortunately, however, there is growing evidence that says that group workouts could be just as beneficial to your mental health, if not more so. If you’re curious about the benefits group workouts can have on your mental health, and how to implement them into your daily life, you’re in luck. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of working out in a group setting.
The Benefits Of Group Workouts On Your Mental Health
A recent from The Lancet Psychiatry Journal found that patients saw more significant mental health benefits when working out in a group setting, compared to when they were working out individually. The study said, “Our finding that team sports are associated with the lowest mental health burden may indicate that social activities promote resilience.”
The study continued to conclude that group exercise can reduce depression as it minimizes social isolation and withdrawal. It said in summary that regarding improving mental health, social and group sports should be given an edge over other types of exercise.
Group Exercise At Work And Home
There are multiple ways you can get involved in group exercise at work or home without having to sign up for a gym. These activities will allow you to participate with your friends and co-workers, people that you:
•Are familiar with
•Feel comfortable around
For many who have a fear of being judged when starting a new exercise routine, this could be an excellent way to help break the ice. Plus, you’ll likely find that getting involved with your friends and family could be a unique way to motivate one another and hold each other accountable. Because you are familiar with the person, you won’t have a problem convincing them to adhere to a workout plan, and shouldn’t be upset when they do the same to you!
One of the best ways to start physical exercise with at work or home is by merely walking. If at work, consider walking during your lunch break. Even walking for 15 – 30 minutes could do wonders both physically and mentally. When you get back from your walk, consider taking the stairs to your office instead of taking the elevator. You can do the same at home, coordinating a daily timeslot in the morning and evening to walk with your neighbors.
Group Exercise In A Gym
If you are feeling ambitious, you could also sign up for a group exercise class at a gym. The options are endless, as you could take classes for yoga, cycling, or practically anything else. You may even find classes geared explicitly toward your age group or capability-levels so that you’ll feel comfortable the entire time.
You could also convince your friends or family to sign up for this class with you. This would not only make the class more fun but would also help you hold one another accountable. Group fitness classes are often inspiring, featuring high energy and motivation.