If you have decided to get fit and healthy, then the next step is to find out how. While you can jump right in with a healthy eating plan, choosing the exercise option may take a little more time. Could group fitness or solo exercise be better for you? Here are the pros and cons of each.
Group fitness is an excellent option for those looking to lose weight in a welcoming, encouraging, and energetic environment. There are so many benefits of exercising with others – many of which are scientifically proven in studies over the past decade.
PRO: Lose more weight – Joining a group fitness class such as boot camp, yoga, BODYATTACK, or BODYPUMP, can help you to lose more weight than if you were to take the journey by yourself. In a 2018 systematic review of group-based diet and physical activity weight loss interventions, the differences were staggering. On average, those involved in group fitness classes were able to lose 3.5kg more than those who tried to lose weight by themselves.
PRO: Get additional motivation – It can be hard to motivate yourself to go and exercise, especially if the couch and TV are luring you over to them. However, if you join a group fitness class, your group members expect you to participate. You have to be there at a particular time on a specific day, which makes you more inclined to turn up and exercise.
CON: Money – The only obvious pro is that you have to spend more money, typically, on group fitness than you would on trying to exercise on your own. However, it’s a small price to pay when you can get those results you desire.
When you’re looking at getting fit and staying fit, your body needs all the fuel it can get. Much of your body is made up of water, which is why drinking fluids every day is so crucial. According to health authorities, we should all be drinking at least eight glasses of water per day or around two litres, but we’re not. Everyday Australians are walking around in a constant state of dehydration, with average water consumption at about 1.2 litres a day, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
If a little over a litre per day is all you’re consuming without taking into consideration sweat and fluid lost through exercise, then it’s time to make a change. If you take an active approach to water intake, your body will thank you for it.
What Are the Signs of Dehydration?
Many Australians become dehydrated every day, and they don’t even know it. Then, when they go to work out, that dehydration becomes worse.
Believe it or not, choosing the first pair of gym shoes or sneakers you see to begin your new fitness routine may not be the best decision to make. While the shoes might be on sale or are a recommended brand, your needs when it comes to footwear are unique. Therefore, you need to put time and effort into choosing the right shoes for your training requirements.
Most shoes on the market fall into one of four categories;
Motion control – more supportive, rigid, and heavy – better for runners who are a little heavy-footed or have flat feet.
Stability – better for those who roll their feet inward when they run.
Cushioned – decent, all-around gym shoe that is both comfortable and supportive.
Minimalist – best way in which to feel like you’re running in bare feet with a little bit of support.
Very few people realise how shoes can differ both in style and support, but it’s crucial to help you choose the right pair of shoes for your fitness training requirements. However, with all these unique features on offer from one manufacturer to the next, you also need to pay particular attention to how comfortable they are.