Why you should exercise in a class

2016Apr6_ExerciseGeneral_A“I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack… it grew by one… And six months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, ‘Wait a second, could it be?’ And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack.”– Zach Galifianakis (Alan Garner) in The Hangover (2009)

There is strength in numbers. The affable fat guy from The Hangover knew this as well as anyone. Wolves, like people, can oftentimes accomplish more when they work together towards a common goal. And so it is in exercise too. That’s why if you’re struggling with your fitness goals, we believe joining a class may just be the solution to get you over the hump. Here’s why.

Develop a routine that sticks

When you’re exercising solo it can be difficult to stick with your routine. You may grow bored and procrastinate on it, or events may pop up that give you an easy excuse to skip your workout. When you join a class, however, you’ll meet friends and develop a relationship with the instructor. This may motivate you to show up, especially if they’re expecting you or you’re looking forward to seeing them. Of course, making new friends isn’t the only motivation to attend. Exercise classes are also a lot of fun. Many play music and there are plenty of opportunities to socialize with other class members.

But what if your class isn’t fun? What if, again, you find yourself choosing Netflix over exercise? Well, chances are you have yet to find the right class. This, however, can take some time as it’s a trial and error process. But once you’ve found a good match, you’re almost certain to look forward to and attend classes regularly.

Gain support

A pack of wolves is more likely to succeed in the wild than a loner. And when you exercise in a group, you also have a greater chance of succeeding. While wolves in the wild are fighting for survival, you are fighting to achieve your fitness goals. And your class members and instructors are there to offer you the support you need to get it done.

Instructors can answer questions and provide valuable guidance while your classmates can offer the morale support you need to cheer you along. In fact, many of your fellow class members are likely to have been through similar fitness and weight struggles, and are likely happy to offer you advice, encouragement and an ear for you to vent your frustrations.

Be part of a community

If you haven’t guessed it by now, it should be obvious that joining a class provides a sense of community. You’ll make new friends and find people who share similar interests to you, all coming together for a common goal – to improve their health. Going to class gives you a chance to get out of the house and interact with others in a positive environment. This can be a mood booster when you’re feeling depressed or frustrated. And who knows, being around your health conscious classmates may just snap you out of a funk.

These are just a few of the benefits of joining a class, and we encourage you to give it a try and find your own wolf pack. When you have the support of others around you, achieving your fitness goals may be closer than you think. Call us today to learn about our classes and other fitness programs.

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