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New research shows benefits of exercising in groups

New research shows benefits of exercising in groups
February 25, 2021

The Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) has highlighted the latest research from the USA that confirms the extra benefits of socialising in group activities.

Commenting on the findings of new research from Iowa State University, ExerciseNZ Chief Executive, Richard Beddie pointed out that nearly 40% of regular exercisers participate in group fitness classes in the USA, recalling that, before the Coronavirus pandemic, the American College of Sports Medicine predicted that group fitness would be one of the top three fitness industry trends in 2020.

Beddie, who works regularly with the World Health Organization in Switzerland and who is helping other countries regarding exercise emerge from their COVID lockdowns, says in that in the modern world, connection with others is more important than ever.

Beddie explained “the latest Iowa State University research backs up the comments many would make, around feeling better physical and mentally. There is clear evidence in the research that exercise not only helps the body, but the mind, helping a better mood, wellbeing, lowering depression. It also stalls the slowing cognitive decline as people age.

“Group activities continue to rate as one of the most popular in New Zealand with more than 90% of all exercise facilities offering some sort of group activities. More than two thirds of those are members of gyms taking part in one or more group activity on a regular basis. 

“Group activities also provide a very accessible price point for people on limited budgets. They have also proven to increase exercise adherence.

“Those attending group exercises consistently show higher attendance rates than those who use other activities within gym spaces. Helping people stick with their ongoing exercise is important, our surveys show.”

The Iowa University research said exercising with others can satisfy some basic psychological needs and can make the whole process easier and more habitual.

Click here for more information on the Wellbeing and Exercise (WellEx) laboratory at Iowa State University.

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