Fitness routines and classes are not only great for your physical health, but working out with a group, your team, your buddies, your “crew,” offers some other pretty exciting benefits too!
At this point, only about ¼ of Americans get the amount of exercise each week recommended for ideal health: 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or about 75 minutes of vigorous movement.
Schedules are busy, other things are more fun to do (like sleeping in or enjoying happy hour with friends), we lack the motivation, and sometimes working out can be just too boring or too darn hard.
But, what if we turned the tables – trained our “minds” and our hearts (yes, pun intended) to love exercise, simply by recruiting our pals, forming a group, and “fitting” out?
The “what if” quickly becomes:
A source of friendship, camaraderie, community
A source of accountability
A way to bond
An exciting new “cult” of fitness friends
All of these benefits are of particular importance and resonate well with the veteran community, as we share common goals, have similar service backgrounds, value many of the same things and share a common mindset, and we ALL seek longevity and better mental health.
Not convinced? Check out the book, The Joy of Movement, which draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology to explain how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, You'll learn what you can do in your own life and community to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection.
Further benefits of working out and exercising with a group include:
Potential easy weight loss – when you’re having fun with friends, sweating your socks off, the pounds may begin to roll off without you even “trying.”
Reduced risk of disease – regular activity AND positive social engagements reduce the risk of many types of disease and lead to a healthier, happier life!
Belonging and identity – it’s not easy to find a place where everyone knows your name, unless it’s at a group fitness class when we’re all shouting each other’s names and cheering each other on!
Professional coaching (often) – many group fitness classes are offered as part of franchises or within businesses who employ professional coaches to ensure your safety and to help you meet your goals.
Socialization – wanna’ start a conversation? Look for something in common: the sweat, the burn, the FUN! And, after the workout, grab a smoothie, a juice, or a cup of tea, TOGETHER!
Physical challenge – working out alone is one thing, but when you’re working out with others, you are far more likely to push yourself, challenge yourself, and go beyond the limit of what you ever believed possible.
As Veterans Victory breaks ground and works to recruit the best for the veteran community we serve, we are actively recruiting the best in the business! Join the FUN, the group, and the family. If you are interested in promoting your health and wellness, that of others, AND your boutique fitness brand or franchise fitness group, contact Veterans Victory and firstname.lastname@example.org 402-728-8722 today!