If you have an exercise regimen that suits you, keep at it. But if you’ve been couch surfing for too long, or you’re bored with your workouts and want to mix things up, try a fitness class or program and you may get a health bonus. In a recent study, researchers looked at how effective group exercise and solo exercise are at reducing stress and improving quality of life. After 12 weeks, group exercisers reported that their stress levels went down and quality of life went up. Even though the individual exercisers worked out for double the time as the “groupies” on average, their stress levels and quality of life barely budged. This wasn’t a perfect study — it was small, and the participants chose whether they wanted to do group or individual exercise. But there may be something about the camaraderie of exercising with a group of people that helps to ease stress and generate good vibes.
Source: Effects of Group Fitness Classes on Stress and Quality of Life of Medical Students
“When we try to exercise alone we can fell isolated and uninspired; together we can achieve our fitness goals.” Felicity Luckey