When it comes to exercise, many people envision solo workouts at the gym, jogging alone in the park, or following fitness videos in the comfort of their own homes (hello UpBeat Barre On Demand). While these forms of exercise certainly have their benefits, there's a growing trend that emphasizes the power of working out with others. Whether it's through group fitness classes, team sports, or simply exercising with a workout buddy, there are several compelling reasons why exercising with others can be better than going it alone. So grab your BFF and head to your local fitness studio (of course for your UpBeat Barre workout), because not only does the beat slap, so will your heart rate.
Motivation and Accountability
Have you ever set your alarm to go to the gym for an early morning workout sesh, even set your clothes out the night before, and hit silence once, twice (ok - 5 times) and then sleep in? Us? Never. Ok fine - yes - more than once it has happened. But have you ever told a friend you'd meet them at the gym or asked said friend to come grab you. Did you wake up then? Of course you did. It's all about that motivation and accountability.
One of the biggest advantages of working out with others is the motivation and accountability that comes with it. When you exercise alone, it's easy to skip a workout or cut it short if you're not feeling motivated (take a nap during the floor work at home - fine - you caught me). However, when you're working out with others, you're more likely to show up and push yourself harder. The social aspect of exercising with others creates a sense of responsibility and commitment to the group, making it harder to bail out. You're also more likely to push yourself to keep up with others or compete with them, leading to improved performance and results.
Social Connection and Fun
How did UpBeat Barre come about? Through fitness! The Co-Founders of UpBeat Barre all met through the gym and training programs and became friends and then business partners! Some of the best of friends come from the group fitness room. Early to class? Go go ahead - introduce yourself to your neighbor.
Working out with others can provide a sense of community and social connection that can make your fitness journey more enjoyable and fulfilling. Group fitness classes, or workout buddies can create a supportive environment where you can meet like-minded people, make new friends, and share your fitness goals and challenges. The camaraderie and encouragement from others can boost your mood, reduce stress, and make your workouts feel less like a chore and more like a fun activity.
Safety and Supportive Environment
Exercising with others can also provide an added layer of safety, especially when participating in more challenging or high-intensity workouts. At UpBeat Barre, we have trained instructors and coaches who provide guidance, correct form, and ensure that exercises are performed safely and effectively. Working out with others can reduce the risk of injuries and create a supportive environment where you can learn and progress at your own pace.
Maintaining a consistent exercise routine can be challenging, especially when you're doing it alone. However, when you work out with others, you're more likely to establish a consistent routine. Group fitness classes, sports teams, or workout buddies often have set schedules and regular meeting times, which can help you establish a consistent exercise routine. Having others rely on you to show up can provide the motivation and accountability you need to stick to your workouts over the long term, leading to better fitness outcomes and improved overall health.
Overcoming Mental Barriers
Exercise is not just a physical activity; it also has a significant mental component. Not only does working out with others can help you overcome mental barriers and push through mental hurdles that might be holding you back but it can provide that serotonin boost we all need that has been scientifically shown to help with anxiety and depression.
When you're surrounded by others who are pushing themselves and striving to reach their fitness goals, it can inspire you to do the same. You may find yourself pushing beyond what you thought was possible, breaking through mental barriers, and achieving a sense of accomplishment and empowerment.
Positive Impact on Overall Well-being
Lastly, working out with others can have a positive impact on your overall well-being. The combination of social connection, motivation, accountability, and support can lead to improved mental health, reduced stress, and increased happiness. The sense of community and belonging that comes with exercising with others can boost your mood, reduce feelings of isolation, and improve your overall quality of life. When you enjoy your workouts and feel supported by others, you're more likely to stick to your fitness routine and make exercise a sustainable and enjoyable part of your lifestyle.