Benefits of Exercising with a Group

By Patricia ZelmEmmart CHHC, AADP

To maximize your exercise goals consider exercising with a friend or finding a group. Doing so may be beneficial for your health.

A study done by the International Journal of Stress Management showed that the individuals were not only calmer, but also felt more benefits from their workout in a group more than if they worked out alone.

Another finding was that both men and women had a positive experience working with others, with men more so though. Men need the camaraderie and increased competition that exercising in a group gives.

Benefits of group exercising:

  • Encouragement:
    Each person in the group giving the others encouragement to keep going.
  • Social:
    Exercising in a group may lead to friendships being formed.
  • Accountability:
    A group environment gives a certain amount of accountability to each person.
  • Fun:
    Exercising in itself isn’t always fun, but sharing the time with others can make it more enjoyable, and helps to pass the time.
  • Challenge:
    By exercising alone you hit plateaus, but with a group you will challenge yourself.

For those you may have friends who want to exercise together take them up on it, even if it’s only once or twice a week. If you don’t have such a group of friends, there are a few other places to find a group to get together with.

Here are a few ideas for you:

  • Ask your coworkers.
  • Meet people at the gym.
  • Take classes at the gym.
  • Ask at your local sporting stores for groups.
  • Contact local sports teams.
  • Join mall walking groups.
  • While some people prefer to exercise alone, many do better in the company of others. They feel supported and have camaraderie, which pushes them to keep going. Whatever the type and level of activity you’re into, you’ll find the support if you need it.

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