Getting the right amount of exercise is an important step toward reaching your health goals. Many people enjoy working out in groups with friends or in public classes. Others prefer to work out in the privacy of their homes. You may find that you like one more than the other, or a mix of both. Deciding your favorite workout environment will help you build a personal routine that you feel comfortable sticking to. Here are some benefits to working out alone and in a group.
Working out alone
- More privacy – If you are self-conscious about working out in front of others, try working out at home. There are many resources, like internet videos and guided workouts, that will lead you through workouts in the comfort of your home.
- More flexibility and convenience – Working out by yourself allows you to schedule time at the gym or location of your choice whenever you want.
- Less risk of pushing yourself beyond your limits – Sometimes, working out in a group can motivate you to push yourself beyond your limits. While some competition is healthy, working out alone may help you focus on your progress without comparing yourself to others.
- May be easier to focus for some – If you are easily distracted, working out alone can help you stay on track.
- Save money – You can avoid gym membership fees and class fees by working out either at home or in public locations.
Working out in groups
- More accountability – You and your friends can hold each other accountable by encouraging each other to show up.
- More social – Working out with friends is a chance to blow off steam with people you care about.
- Moral support from your friends – You can encourage each other as you make progress together.
- A way to meet new people – Going to public spaces like yoga or spin classes can be a great way to meet new people.
- An opportunity for healthy competition – As long as you stay mindful of your personal limits, you can motivate each other to reach new goals.
Having trouble deciding? Try a mix of both.
If you’re having trouble deciding which way suits you, try starting with a mix of both. Set up one day a week to do one type of exercise with friends. Then on the other days of the week, try some solo exercises. Some find that mixing it up makes for an exciting routine that never gets old.