Winter has officially arrived, and you might be looking for some extra motivation to stay active during the colder months. But perhaps the idea of going to the gym by yourself isn’t particularly inviting. That’s why many adults are turning to group fitness classes to get fit and ease joint pain.
Group exercise classes help people reach their exercise goals in a setting that is safe and effective. Instead of exercising alone, many adults find that group exercise is fun and gives them more accountability. They also enjoy having an instructor to provide guidance on proper body mechanics. But group exercise is more than just an instructor teaching a group of people. Group exercisers share the following reasons they enjoy working out in a group setting:
They Make New Friends
Spending time with others is an important part of good mental and emotional health and well-being. Exercising in a group setting can help you get fit while allowing you to have a social connection. One study in the BMC Geriatrics journal revealed that older adults who engaged in regular group exercise were able to improve or maintain their functional fitness and enjoy their lives. Study participants felt connected with a social group and experienced the benefits of belonging to a community and supporting each other, in addition to improved physical fitness.
They Stay in Shape
People who enjoy regular workouts with friends are highly motivated to be consistent when it comes to staying active. Studies suggest that people with workout partners are more likely to stay fit or get in shape as they age. Think about it: Exercise can feel more challenging as we age, and having workout buddies to help you stay fit and healthy is just one benefit provided by group workouts.
They Have Accountability
It is much more fun to exercise when you are working out with a friend or loved one. And exercising with friends provides more than a social experience. People who exercise together tend to show up together and this accountability helps them stay active and fit. When adults depend on each other for encouragement, they are also highly motivated to maintain a consistent exercise schedule and show up for their workouts.
Their Joints Feel Better
Low-impact workouts are easy on the joints and can help your joints feel better, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Exercise gets your heart pumping, and increases blood circulation throughout your body and this means your joints benefit, too. Your joints are lined by soft tissue called the synovial membrane. This tissue produces a lubricating fluid which helps your joints move smoothly. Many group fitness classes offer a variety of joint-friendly workouts for older adults, making them a popular choice for people who experience joint pain.
They Lose Weight
Losing weight and managing your weight is important as you age, especially if you have osteoarthritis or experience any type of joint pain. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation reports that for every extra pound you carry, you experience four times the stress on your knees. Fortunately, even a small weight loss can ease your joint pain. Ask your doctor or a registered dietician for a nutrition plan that will help you lose weight.
For a variety of health benefits, consider joining a group exercise class. Although your body cannot reverse osteoarthritis, exercising and losing weight can ease arthritic joint pain and might prevent further damage. In addition to joint-related benefits, exercise also boosts metabolism and reduces feelings of depression in older adults.
If you’re experiencing joint pain, you can still stay active and exercise regularly as you get older. Contact the experts at Flexogenix™ for a free consultation. At Flexogenix, you can learn about a variety of non-invasive treatment options so you can lead an active life for years to come. Take control of your health today by taking good care of your joints as you age.