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7 Reasons Classes Offer Best Fitness for Women
You have a lot of choices when it comes to the type of atmosphere that you select for exercise. You can go to a gym. You can attend fitness classes. You could join a sports team. You can workout with a partner. You can get a personal trainer. You can exercise on your own either outdoors or at home. Any of these choices could be right for you. However, if you’re a woman then you may find that the best of all of the choices is to take classes, especially classes with other women as your classmates.
Here is a look at 10 reasons why classes offer the best fitness opportunities for women.
1. Classes offer a very supportive environment. One of the things that women often need when working out is emotional support. Exercise can often be linked with many different emotional concerns. Self-consciousness about our bodies, mixed feelings about working out, how exercise is related to weight loss and other issues all come with us to our fitness appointments. Being in a supportive environment helps to ease these feelings so that we can focus on and enjoy our workouts. Even if you’re not speaking with the other women in your class about these things, there’s a sense that they know what you’re going through.
2. They offer a feeing of safety. In addition to providing this important emotional support, classes offer women a greater opportunity for safety during fitness than do some of the other options for exercise. Women need to feel safe and secure when working out. Hiking alone in an unprotected environment doesn’t necessarily offer that sense of safety and can even feel threatening. Workout out in a group where there are trained individuals and lots of different forms of security will provide women with the safety that they need to focus on their workout.
3. Classes offer a sense of collaborative effort. Women tend to excel at things that allow them to collaborate with others. When everyone comes to a class to learn the same exercise routine, there’s a level of collaboration there. This is even more prominent in classes that require partnership (such as partner yoga). Women won’t receive the satisfaction of collaboration from working out alone or going to a gym. Although other forms of exercise (such as getting a workout partner or joining a team) will also foster this, a class is a terrific structured way to get it without having to commit to a specific person or set of persons.
4. Classes are at a set time. Women have a lot of things going on in their lives. They work and do things at home and do things with friends. It’s hard to make time for working out. Classes help a lot with this problem because they must be scheduled at a certain time. Women can just add the time and dates to their calendars and then fit in their workout without having to think so much about it. This makes exercising easier for a lot of women today.
5. Classes require a level of commitment. One of the problems that many women have with working out is that they feel like it takes a back seat to the other things going on in their lives. Even though they may put exercise on the calendar, they’ll often give their attention to other things that come up. They feel guilty taking this time for themselves when other things need to be done. A class requires a commitment to show up which can reduce these feelings of guilt. You’ve committed to your teacher that you’ll be there. You feel more of an obligation to show up which makes you less likely to skip exercise just because something else comes along that demands your attention.
6. Classes can make it easier to set goals. Men don’t seem to have a problem with setting fitness goals most of the time. They have a certain weight they want to achieve or amount they want to lift or distance they want to run. Many women tend to be more lax about setting fitness goals. Goals are a good thing because they help you to stay motivated while allowing you to see your progress. Classes are often structured in such a way as to set goals for you or to assist you in setting your own.
7. You get positive feedback. Men often get positive feedback about their exercise efforts from the women in their lives. In contrast, the men in our lives may be less likely to notice our subtle successes. We need that positive feedback about the work that we’re doing on our bodies. A class often offers that feedback from teachers and classmates.
These are all great reasons for women to consider taking fitness classes either in place of or in addition to their other forms of exercise. There are many different classes available to women including yoga, pilates, aerobics, swimming and more. You can look for private studios in your area. Alternatively, you can join a gym and make it a point to attend the classes that they offer. Take note of the different class styles (size, level of instruction, level of competitiveness, etc.) to get a better understanding of which classes will benefit you the most. Figure out how basing your fitness routine on classes instead of on just hitting the gym or going out on your own for a workout will benefit you as an individual.