Whether you’re just getting into an exercise routine, or have been a fitness enthusiast for years, group exercise classes are a great way to ratchet your fitness level up a notch. There’s a group exercise class for every fitness level and every interest.

Into dancing? Take a Zumba or aqua dance class. Prefer a quieter workout? Try a yoga, Pilates or tai’ chi class. Looking for a challenge? Attend a boot camp, tabata, or Jillian Michael’s BodyShred class.

The benefits of taking a group fitness class goes beyond the obvious. Yes, you’ll get a great workout and improve your health while having fun doing something you love, but that’s not all. There are many other reasons why taking a group fitness class is such a great idea.

1. You’re more likely to show up — and keep showing up. A resolution to exercise won’t do you any good unless you actually get started… and then keep it up, even when your motivation lags. The fact that others in your class, not to mention your instructor, will notice your absence usually provides enough of an impetus to get people out the door and into the gym.

2. Having an instructor ensures proper form. Ever worried you weren’t doing an exercise correctly when you were alone at home? At a group fitness class, those worries won’t be an issue. Your instructor will check to see that everyone is doing each exercise correctly, for safety’s sake, as well as to make sure you’re getting the maximum fitness benefits.

3. You’ll be challenged to push yourself to the next level. When you’re on your own, you may slow down a little when you get tired, or even give up when you get winded. But in a group setting, the instructor will push you to keep going, even when you think you can’t make it another second. And your classmates will also encourage you. If they can do it, so can you.

4. Group exercise classes are, simply, fun. We’ve all heard the advice that in order to really motivate ourselves to exercise, we should choose an activity we feel is fun. And it’s true. Whether it’s the activity itself, the friendships you’ll form, or even a spirit of friendly competition, enjoying yourself makes all the difference when it comes to fitness.

 

Check your Local YMCA if they are offering free group fitness classes on Free Community Day, Saturday. Classes include boot camp, Pilates, water aerobics, laughing yoga, intro to Jillian Michael’s Body Shred, cycle and yoga. Check schedule for times and other activities going on. See You around!

 

 

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