Exercise is extremely important and something we should all prioritize and make time for, however, that’s often easier said than done. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do after a long day at work is head to the gym. Losing out on precious sleep to wake up for an early morning workout is hardly a more appealing alternative. Luckily, there are ways to make exercise more exciting and fun, as long as you’re willing to try something new. Group exercise classes can make burning calories seem like a fun social hour with friends, while also providing you with additional health benefits and psychological support. Read on to learn why joining a group exercise class is a great way to upgrade your current workout routine:

Boosts Motivation
Motivation is one of the biggest reasons people fail to keep up with their exercise routines. A group class can give you a motivational boost by being something you look forward to, while the others in your group can help keep you accountable. Group exercise classes also challenge you to work beyond your limitations, with the help of an instructor who pushes you and the group to achieve a shared goal.

Promotes Social Interaction
Attending a group fitness class gets you up off the couch and out of the same four walls of your home to meet people in your community. You are likely to have more fun exercising in a group than working out on your own. Fitness classes are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar lifestyle goals and needs. Make friends, have adult conversations and discover solutions to problems as you talk with other participants before and after class.

Provides Options
Whatever your workout style, you’re sure to find a group exercise class to suit your needs. If your goals are the cardiovascular improvement and weight loss, look for aerobic-based classes such as Zumba, indoor cycling, kickboxing, or step aerobics. Seek out weight training, calisthenics or boot camp classes if you also want to improve your muscular endurance and strength. If flexibility is your goal, a pilates or yoga class is a great option.

It’s Fun
As if the above reasons weren’t enough to convince you to join a group exercise class, perhaps the fact that they can be fun is enough to persuade the skeptic in you. While working out solo can sometimes be a drag, working out with others is often more fun. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, you’ll sweat!

If you’re ready to see how joining a group fitness class will improve your exercise regimen and your health, check out Empower Fitness Lab! Empower Fitness Lab offers an uncompromising personal training format in a small group format. Our Uptown location is conveniently located in the heart of the Galleria. Our 3,000 square foot studio centers around three boutique formats (HIIT Training, HIIT Boxing & HIIT Yoga). Our customized programming can be modified for all fitness levels, and with our dual trainer coverage, you can expect more personalized attention than any other group format boutique studio. Schedule your first free workout on our website!