As Voltaire’s famous quote says, life lies in motion. There’s no downside to stay physically active, no matter what kind of exercise you gravitate toward, especially with so many people falling short of national exercise guidelines. But do you like to hit the gym, road, or trail by yourself? Or do you thrive in a crowded group fitness class with everyone breathing, moving, and toning in synchronization? As far as I am concerned, working out in groups may give people a little extra boost, no matter it is in the sense of athletic performance or social bonding.
Due to peer pressure, group exercisers tend to put in more efforts in accomplishing the missions and thus the effectiveness of physical exercises is guaranteed. That is to say, with eyes locked on them, they tend to follow the instructions more strictly under supervision. What’s more, in a 2013 research in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, researchers have discovered that pain tolerance increases when people are working out with teammates or with strangers. Increased pain tolerance would boost the athletic performance and thus yield mental benefits, including improving sleep and mood, boosting sex drive, and increasing energy levels and mental alertness.
The power of working out together is by no means only limited to athletic performance enhancement; social bonding is another benefit that cannot be ignored. Surprisingly yet reasonably, social interaction has a positive correlation with group exercises. In one way, group session offers an occasion for people to mingle, building up their bodies as well as interpersonal relationships. In turn, the more contact or social support that people have during exercise — from researchers, health professionals, or other exercise participants — the greater the benefits they draw from physical exercises. Furthermore, researches also show that group-based fitness classes are typically only more effective when they use group dynamics strategies, which include setting group goals, sharing feedback, talking with other people in the class, using friendly competition, and incorporating activities to help people feel like they are part of something, a sense of distinctiveness and inclusiveness.
Although working out alone grants people full flexibility and complete freedom to take charge of the content and the pace, loners might be missing out on some health benefits from group workouts: physical benefits, social bonding, to name just a few. Words fail to describe how rewarding group exercises are, how incredible it feels to have a bunch of comrades supporting and encouraging each other and become better, healthier together.
Working out with others not only keeps you physically robust, but also socially active. In the end, staying physically and socially active is better than being sedentary.
1. quote: 引语(A quote from a book, poem, play, or speech is a passage or phrase from it)
2. gravitate: （逐渐地﹑ 不由自主地）移向某人[某事物], 受某人[某事物]吸引; 转向某人[某事物] （move towards or be attracted to sb/sth, gradually and irresistibly; turn to sb/sth）
3. hit: 到达(to reach a place)
5. synchronization: 同一时刻; 同步(coordination with respect to time)
6. social bonding: 人与人之间的关系（或联结）（the process of forming a special relationship with sb or with a group of people）
7. correlation: 相互关联（a connection or link between them）