Experts agree that group exercise can be beneficial. “Working out in a group provides support, accountability, and structure,” says Lynne Vaughan, Chief Innovation Officer of the national YMCA. “People don’t want to let their buddy or group down, which is terrific in terms of adherence to an exercise routine.”
I totally agree! This past year I stayed in shape by taking several group exercise classes a week. I think making a New Year’s Resolution to join a group exercise class is a sure-fire way to stay in shape.
Sure, at times I felt like a total idiot because I couldn’t get the steps as quickly as everyone else in a class but I didn’t let that stop me. I used it to motivate me to going to class!
I also made a lot of new friends. Group classes help me fit in a full body workout in a set timeframe.
Group exercise classes vary by as much as the different fitness instructors who teach them. So try them all and mix them up. Variety really does create the best balance.