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The Impact of Group Fitness on Mental Health

Is there an association between physical exercise and mental health? A recent study published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal says yes. Not only that, the study found that even greater benefits are seen when fitness is performed in a group setting. Lower mental health burdens were reported in those that participated in team sports, in comparison to those who do exercises alone.

“Our finding that team sports are associated with the lowest mental health burden may indicate that social activities promote resilience and reduce depression by reducing social withdrawal and isolation, giving social sports an edge over other kinds.”
Dr. Chekroud
In hopes of increasing the mental health within your tribes, we’ve include ideas below on how to incorporate group fitness into your family, your work, or with your friends. Try out one or two of these ideas on a weekly basis to begin forming a routine around doing group activity.

At work: Walk together.

Spend a portion of your lunch break walking with your coworkers. Use this time to get your body moving mid-day and enjoy conversation with your coworkers while you get some steps in. If you’re able, get some extra flights of stairs in by taking the stairwell as a group.

At home: Take a day-trip.

Get out your hiking, biking, or swimming gear and take your family on a day-trip! Join together to exercise and spend quality time with your family. Make the day intentional by planning goals ahead of how far you’d like bike or how you can make a portion of your swimming day into a family workout.

With friends or Alone: Sign up!

Ever wanted to try a fitness club? For some of us, the thought of attending a fitness club/gym alone may be nerve wracking. Instead of going alone, join Yeovil Personal Fitness Club under our Fitness45 membership. Even if you do not know anyone when you join you will soon make many friends and if you join with a friend you will make more friends all whilst getting the fitness results you desire and deserve!

Call us now on 01935 706059 or pop in to see us at yeovil Personal Fitness Club, Artillery Road, yeovil BA22 8RP for your free no obligation guest visit.
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gavin oakley, testimonial re reduced blood pressureWithin 4 months of joining my blood pressure was down to acceptable levels and I had lost a stone in weight. I enjoy my time here, all the staff are friendly and supportive which I have found invaluable in reaching my goals. I particularly like the fact that we have regular reviews, monitoring progress and giving feedback.
Gavin Oakley