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Fitness Buddies

If you are thinking about getting into shape this year, don’t go it alone! Exercising in a group class, or with friends, could be the most effective way to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

We all start with good intentions to exercise, but plans change and sometimes going to the gym is put on the back burner while more fun activities, like seeing friends, take centre stage. But exercise could be the sociable activity you’ve been looking for. Isn’t it much easier to arrange to meet up for a couple of hours at the gym as opposed to a full night out?

Aside from sociable benefits, exercising with a group of people holds many other positive attributes. Here are 4 reasons why you should exercise in a group.

Increased motivation

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition! Exercising with friends, or in a group class, inspires you to work harder. You’ll also be encouraged to put that extra bit of effort in if some of the people you surround yourself with are moderately more active than you.


There may be times when you just can’t face hitting the gym, but if you exercise with friends you’ll be held accountable for missing your workout. Think you’ll be a regular skiver? Join a sports team or a small class so you’ll have no choice but to turn up.

Happier workouts

Humans like to feel a sense of belonging, exercising in a group and working through gruelling regimes will strengthen your bond as a group. Your endorphin levels will skyrocket, filling you with positive energy which you will associate with group exercise.

Boosts confidence

Exercising with more than one person is a great way to encourage you to try new things. People are often scared to try new pieces of gym equipment or moves on their own, for fear of getting things wrong and looking like an amateur. Having another person present can improve your confidence, eliminating feelings of embarrassment and allowing you to try new pieces of equipment. While classes may seem daunting at first, you’ll soon feel like a regular. You may even get to know some of the faces there, creating lots of opportunities to meet new people and make friends.

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