I am pretty sure that being fit and going to the gym is most likely on top of the list for your New Year's resolutions. Well here is a little tip: you need to get involved in a group exercise class today. No not tomorrow, not next week, today! Whether it's at the park or in a gym, you will see people working out together. So you can either sign up to workout with a group in a studio class or just grab a group of your own friends and lets jump on this fitness wagon, the more the merrier and here is why...
1. Motivation: If you are anything like me then you may sometimes get lazy when you are by yourself in the gym. There is no one there to tell you to keep on going, and once you break that one sweat you might just get tired and give up. However, when you are in a group setting, no one really wants to be the last one. Although you should always go at your own pace, seeing others do better than you, because they are stronger and in good shape, will definitely bring out the competitive side in you and push you to do better.
I had the chance to test out ClassPass and all the amazing fitness studios in Miami from cycling, dancing, barre and many more. On top of the group motivation there is usually an active and cheerful (or strict) instructor there to guide you and motivate you to keep on going. Their job is to get you out of your comfort level and make you work for your desired fit body.
2. Accountability: I don't know about you, but I am not a morning person at all. However, there are times I sign up for early fitness classes starting at 7am that way I am forced to start my day early. I am holding myself accountable to wake up early and get to class on time. Some classes will not let you in after warm-up session, so you want to make sure you arrive and prepare for your workout in a timely manner. In comparison to the gym, since there is not a set time you need to be there you might just end up hitting the snooze button and miss out on gym time.
3. Social Opportunities: For those of you that are way too busy for a social life, well here is your chance. Get to know people in your workout group and maybe go on healthy lunch dates to learn about each others fitness goals. Whether you are single or not, it's always great to interact with new people for either personal or networking purposes. You never know who you might be working out next to. Keep your business card in your gym bag and run free, literally.
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