Love your morning cycling class more than the extra zzz? Look forward to dancing the day away in your evening Zumba class? Or leave Body Pump feeling more than just a little…well..pumped?

 

Turns out, these group workouts offer us much more than just physical benefits.

 

Recent research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found group exercise participants experienced a 26 per cent reduction in stress and improved mental, physical and emotional quality of life.

 

The small study divided medical students into 3 groups to participate in a 12-week exercise program. One group exercised solo, another did a 30-minute group workout, and the control group didn’t exercise at all (except for incidental like walking or biking to and from school).

 

Results showed the students who worked out in a group reaped waaaayy more benefits than the other two groups. So, if you’re a solo cardio devotee or only hit the weight room alone, maybe the new year is the perfect time to try one of In-Shape’s awesome group fitness classes, or one of the free monthly bootcamps.

 

What’s more? We’ve got new Les Mills releases coming to a club near you on January 8.

 

Tune in to this video to see all the fun you could be having!