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Why finding community in exercise can be the key to your success

"Researchers found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves quality of life, while those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant changes in their stress level and a limited improvement to quality of life, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association."

This study took individuals and placed them in two groups.

One group, let's name them "Community Group" was assessed before the study began in mental health, physical health, emotional health and overall stress levels. Then they would work out for 30 minutes at minimum once a week in group exercise classes.

After 12 weeks they were re-assessed in mental health, physical health, emotional health, and overall stress levels where each participant showed significant improvements anywhere from 12% to 26%.

The second group, let's name them "Solo" was assessed in the same way before the study began and were allowed to continue any type of fitness plan they enjoyed but they had to do it alone or with no more than 2 people.

After 12 weeks at their re-assessment they showed no significant changes in any measure with the exception of quality of life at an 11% increase. The Solo group also exercised for almost twice as long as the Community Group.

How would incorporating community into your exercise routine better serve you? According to this study you could see:

-time saved

-improved mental health

-improved physical health

-lower stress levels

Exercise can be and should be working for YOU-not taking from you. Working out in community is one of those ways it can.

Ready to join our "Community Group"? Take our FREE community barre class on April 1st at 9:30 am in the basement of 929 Coffee Bar in Starkville, MS. Follow this link to reserve your spot!

Want to join The Studio in person but not quite ready? Work out with us virtually on Studio Stream

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