By Aileen Ross, Sports Therapist and Pilates Instructor at Halos Clinic
Following on from our last post about the new trim trail and Get Fit Club at Holland Sports. We wanted to share why exercise and taking part in an outdoor group fitness sessions can be good for both your mental and physical well-being.
We already know that exercise has many health benefits including improving sleep and mood, boosting sex drive, and increasing energy levels and mental alertness.
What about exercising in a group vs on your own? Studies found improvement in perceived stress levels and quality of life — mental, physical, and emotional when participating in group exercise vs an improvement in only mental quality of life when exercising solo! (1) (2)
It has also been found that in synchronised group exercise individuals experience higher pain tolerance, researchers believe this is related to a higher release of endorphins and as a result it can increase performance. (3)
The physiological benefits of regular activity should not be underestimated and include maintenance of independence and wellbeing as well reduced risk of chronic conditions such as:
Development of heart diseases
Stress and depression
As well as reduction of premature death (by 20-30%) and falls in older adults (4)
The NHS recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise to maintain health and reduce risk of chronic health conditions.
If you feel inspired to boost your physical and mental well-being and want to to be 'more active more often' come along to a free taster session on 24th November at 11am. Members of the Halos Team (Aileen Ross & Freyah Tidswell) will be running the session along with other local volunteer fitness professionals.
For more information or to register your interest please visit the club’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HollandSportsGetFitClub or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Davis A, Taylor J, Cohen E (2015) Social Bonds and Exercise: Evidence for a Reciprocal Relationship. PLOS ONE 10(8): e0136705. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0136705
2. Yorks DM, Frothingham CA, Schuenke MD. Effects of Group Fitness Classes on Stress and Quality of Life of Medical Students. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2017;117(11):e17–e25. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2017.140.
3. Philip Sullivan & Kate Rickers (2013) The effect of behavioral synchrony in groups of teammates and strangers, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11:3, 286-291, DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2013.750139
4. Warburton DE, Nicol CW, Bredin SS. Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence. CMAJ. 2006;174(6):801-9.