Group exercise is an immensely popular activity and most people like it better than solo exercises. Even those who never liked these group activities are now convinced to try these activities because of the isolation stress. The American College of Sports Medicine has estimated that group exercise is among the top three fitness-related trends that everyone wants to enjoy.
Exercise has a deep impact on your physical and mental health. However, there are some ‘side effects’ of the exercise too which rarely show up in people. these side effects include nausea, lethargic feeling, and gastric distress which are related to the severity of exercises.
During group exercises, it is easy to maintain a standard energy and modernity level because there are multiple participants involved. If the level is too high or too low, many people will fail to do it and demotivate. That’s why exercising in groups is generally better and free from all types of side effects.
But the real question is; how does a group exercise bring better results even if you are doing exact same exercise in person too? The answer is simple; when you see other people working out with you, it improves your emotional response towards the exercise. Additionally, the highly motivated people around you exercising motivate you to consider exercise as a positive and doable task. That’s why you feel that group exercise brings better results.
Psychology confirms that people are highly motivated by their surroundings in more than one way. Knowing that people around you are completing their exercise, lifting weights, or regularly exercising sets a mood and eventually you start taking exercise as a commitment. To some extent, it also affects social norms and perceptions on whether or not you should exercise if other people around you are exercising.
The list of benefits is countless if this group contains your friends or family members because nothing is better than spending time with your loved ones. It is also a different type of motivation which may help the fate of exercises that you are doing. These group exercises build up your interest and boost energy and concentration to match the levels of other people in your group.
According to health experts, intrinsic motivation is probably the best form of motivation during which activity becomes enjoyable and satiating when you are doing it. If you like doing exercise and enjoy it, there are high chances that you will continue doing it for a long. These benefits are more pronounced when the exercise is difficult or when you are going through a hard time. Group exercises are a highly beneficial form of group fun that allows you to spend time with your friends, make new friends and interact with people. All of these build up sociability for a person making him more adaptable to a certain community.
On the other side, solo exercise has an extrinsic form of motivation involved. For example, if you are doing some exercise, you are either working for weight loss or to tone up the body. This is a perfect example of the least rewarding situation where you may not get the maximum benefits from an exercise.