You’ve probably heard that exercise is good for you. Good for the body; good for the mind. Piles of research indicates that exercise improves mobility, mood, mental health, alertness, memory, sleep, sex, and overall well-being.
Right. You get it. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. You may even believe it, but it’s still so hard to stick with it. Life gets in the way!
Want help overcoming excuses? Want to make sure you get moving even when you really don’t want to?
Join an exercise group.
Fitness/Exercise/Running/Dancing/Martial Arts Groups can make a big difference in making exercise part of your healthy lifestyle for a lot of reasons. Here are a just a few:
Fun – Whether you absolutely love your workouts or dread them, it’s more fun when you’re surrounded by people who can relate to your struggles and celebrate your victories. Try different groups until you find one that’s a good fit for you. Keep at it. You’ll know it when you find it.
Encouraging – Find the group culture that keeps you going. You may be struggling through a workout or really challenging yourself and then some one tells you, “Great job!” or “You got this!” Simple words of encouragement can really keep you going. You may be surprised to see yourself doing what you thought you would never be able to do.
Perspective – Groups generally have participants of all different fitness levels and you may be tempted to stay home because you “can’t do all that stuff”, but when you see some one who’s older, sicker, less-fit than you are and they’re out there doing their best, you’re more likely to think, “If they can do it, I can do it.” No matter what your level of fitness is right now, go out and do your best.
Consistency – Nothing and no one can make you exercise, but finding a group and an activity you like will help you be more consistent. Stay committed and be consistent with your workouts and you’re more likely to realize benefits.
There are lots of options: boot camp, Zumba, Jazzercise, Barre workouts, Tai Chi, yoga, and so many more. Find one you like, show up, and enjoy the company. Make your workouts fun and they won’t seem like work.
Have you had a great experience with group exercise? I’d love to hear it. Share in the comments below.