Stick to Your Routine by Exercising in a Group
Have you ever tried to start an exercise program, but found that you gave up too quickly because it’s simply hard to get yourself out the door to the gym? You may benefit from working out in a group instead of by yourself.
Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University reviewed 18 previous studies that involved adults walking regularly alone, in groups, or not walking at all. The adults in the studies were physically healthy. The data showed that individuals who walked in groups were more likely to keep up the exercise routines by the end of the study periods (an average of six months across the 18 studies). The study was published in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.
The study results show that walking with a group can increase your likelihood of both enjoying and continuing your exercise program. And by sticking to your exercise program, it can increase your overall mood, because individuals who exercise scores higher in in the studies that measured quality of life. Working out in groups, particularly walking, can help you increase your personal satisfaction and also improve your social connections.
These findings are great news for those who are looking for ways to add exercise ton their daily activity. While most individuals are aware that exercise is important, a large number of people fall short of actually adding regular physical activity to their schedule. But with social support, you may be able to meet these goals. In fact, walking in groups is inexpensive and easy to accomplish in most communities.
You can ask around with friends and family to find the group that you can walk with regularly. You can also join a local walking group sponsored by your community or take a class in a local gym in order to start reaping these benefits of working out in a group.