The Benefits Of Exercise And Social Aspects

It is a well-known fact that exercise is beneficial for our health and well-being. It also lowers blood pressure, improves our sleep and leads to better glycemic control.

New research on exercise reveals that group exercising may have other positive effects that were overlooked before. Our thoughts and attitudes are influenced by the people around us, and when we get to know people who exercise regularly, we start to view the activity as desirable, doable and appealing.

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Group exercise may be even better for you than solo workouts – here's why

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If the motivation we have to exercise is intrinsic (coming from our inner being), we are more likely to continue with the behaviour or activity, as it is both enjoyable and satisfying by itself. If the motivation is extrinsic (an obligation or just to lose weight) it becomes difficult to maintain the same.

Group exercise is enjoyable and rewarding even if it is difficult. The social aspect turns the otherwise boring and monotonous activity into fun.

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  • Social exercise provides a sense of autonomy, making us feel more self-reliant.
  • It increases connectedness with others and promotes better mental health.
  • It makes the process easy and habit-forming, with your friends becoming both your cue and your reward for your actions.
  • When one sees others sweating hard, it provides a raw motivation and renewed confidence, making you go the extra mile. This would not be possible alone.
  • Friends provide reminders and regular doses of encouragement, helping us stay on track.
  • It is easier and more fun to travel with friends to the gym.
  • Friendly challenges and competition boost the intensity of our effort.
  • Exercising can become a life-long habit due to the social aspects.
  • Social exercising results in people attending regular sessions, coming on time and not dropping out in between.

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The pandemic has severely affected social exercising, but there are few ways out. Several yoga classes have participants at safe distance from each other, and there are many running clubs where people wear masks.

Virtual classes for Yoga or aerobics are the next-best thing and offer several new benefits like flexibility of schedule and connecting with people all over the world.

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