Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to work from home, leading to a significant change in lifestyle for many individuals. The lack of structure and increased sedentary behaviour associated with working from home can have a detrimental effect on both physical and mental health. Group exercise can be a valuable tool for combating these negative effects and improving the overall well-being of individuals who are working from home.
First and foremost, group exercise can provide a sense of structure and routine to those who are working from home. The accountability that comes with participating in regular group fitness classes can help people to stay motivated and on track with their physical activity goals. Additionally, group exercise can serve as a distraction from work-related stress and anxiety, allowing people to take a break from their screens and focus on their physical well-being.
Furthermore, group exercise can help to combat the negative effects of sedentary behaviour associated with working from home. Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to a number of health issues, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Participating in group exercise can increase cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, leading to overall improved health.
Additionally, group exercise can also improve mental health. Regular physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve cognitive function. Group exercise can provide a sense of social connectedness, which can be particularly beneficial for people who have been isolated during the pandemic. Furthermore, a group setting can also provide a sense of camaraderie and support, which can be beneficial for people who are working from home.
Group exercise can also provide a sense of community and belonging that people may have been missing during the pandemic. It can be an opportunity to interact and connect with others, share experiences and create new friendships, which can be beneficial for mental health.
In conclusion, group exercise can be a valuable tool for individuals who are working from home. It can provide a sense of structure and routine, improve physical health, reduce the negative effects of sedentary behaviour, and improve mental health. By participating in group exercise, individuals can improve their overall well-being and quality of life. Consult with one of our coaches to determine if group exercise is right for you, as well as best ways to find a class that fits your needs and abilities during these times.