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SUM 2016

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DW Life > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 39 Find the group exercise class that's right for you go often, it's likely that you'll get to know your fellow exercisers and instructors as well, which only reinforces the idea of creating a community and sense of be- longing around working out. The benefits of consistency and expertise Group classes ofer consistency to your exercise routine. With a weekly schedule in hand, you can plan in advance, know exactly when your class starts and ends, and have a general idea of what happens in between. Tis can be a huge perk if you are already inundated with decision making. It is also a more successful approach than try- ing to ft in a workout when you have time. "One of the greatest things about group ftness is that someone picks out the mu- sic and tells you what exercises to do," says DeSimone. "It's nice that someone else tells you what to do for a change. I fnd that's one of the reasons women enjoy classes." Group classes always ofer the exper- tise of a skilled instructor. Most classes By Nor a Isaacs W orking out can be a lonely endeavor—but it doesn't have to be. Group exercise classes ofer elements of ca- maraderie, motivation, expertise, and di- versity that solo exercise simply doesn't have. Although group classes aren't for everyone, they are ideal for anyone who might enjoy a sense of belonging among like- minded people with similar goals. "Group classes ofer that feeling that you are a part of something greater than yourself," says Grace DeSim- one, editor of the American College of Sports Medicine's Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor. The buddy system Group classes—referred to as group ex in the ftness world—can have a built-in buddy system. It's much more appealing to invite a friend to a Zumba class than, To Your Health DW Life > The Power of Many THINKSTOCKPHOTOS say, to spend 30 minutes next to her on the elliptical trainer. Having a buddy boosts accountability for showing up and helps you stay engaged. Te idea of an ex- ercise buddy for motivation isn't just an- ecdotal: a 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that people were more likely to become physically active or lose weight when a partner was engaged in the same activity. Working out in a group can be a huge motivator to push yourself a little further than you would solo. "When you work out on your own, you have to self- motivate," says Kat Ellis, head trainer and head instructor at Uplift Studios in New York, certifed NASM personal trainer, and ACE group ftness instructor. "But when you show up for a group ft class, you can feed of the energy of the people around you, as well as the instructor," she says. "Te energy factor is really key." Tis community aspect can make or break your decision to work out. If you

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