We humans like to stick together. When faced with the prospect of going out alone for a run, or dragging ourselves to the gym, we can easily be swayed into staying in the warm and sitting on the sofa.
There are many reasons why it’s better to work out with others. For starters, exercising in a group is more motivational. You will find that you’re spurred on by others, and an encouraging pat on the back is sometimes all it takes to keep you going.
When you plan to exercise with friends you feel obliged not to let them down. It’s much easier to just cheat yourself out of a workout, but when a friend’s relying on you for a lift, or to help get them past a physical challenge, it’s so much harder to back out.
It’s also more sociable training with a group, we respond better to interactions and in turn our serotonin levels are increased (that’s the chemical messenger that makes us feel happy!) When you join a club, all of that support comes as part of the package. There’s an opportunity to share your highs and lows and set new challenges with new friends. You’ll never feel like you’re on your own when you join a club to train with.
Part of the beauty of boot camp and many of my other classes is that everybody has different capabilities, but everyone recognises these differences and encourages and supports. You won’t be left at the back, you’ll be actively encouraged to push beyond your boundaries and experience new challenges. The support of others is a wonderful tool to help motivate and inspire, and who knows what new challenges you’ll achieve as part of a team.
I offer a number of boot camp sessions which focus on including everybody, regardless of age and ability. Be brave, come along and be part of something bigger – who knows what you may achieve!