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Should You Work Out in a Group or Alone?

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to working out, most people have a million questions. What should I do? Am I working out hard enough? Am I  missing anything? While many of these questions can be quickly answered by a fitness professional, there are other questions that may be a little more personal. What should you wear? Whatever you find comfortable. What should be on your playlist? Whatever you like to listen to. Should you work out in a group or alone? There are actually advantages and disadvantages to both. To help you decide which route is best for you, take a look at this quick guide.

The Benefits of Solo Exercise

Working out alone can be difficult for some. It lacks a support system or outside motivation. But it does give you a chance to really focus. Without distraction, you can concentrate on the job at hand and give all of your energy to your routine. You can also move at your own pace. There won’t be anyone moving faster or slower than you, which means you won't have to slow down or speed up either. This allows for a very catered workout experience -- one that is catered specifically to you and your goals.

But What About a Group?

Group exercise is very different from solo workouts. While you may do the same routines or same moves, you'll be surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals or friends. This may prevent you from fully focusing at times, but it offers something that many find beneficial: Accountability. When we work out with others, we're letting the world know of our intentions. If we don't show up to a session, other people know and are likely to call us out on it. Since so many people lack dedication, having this accountability is truly an asset. If you are one who thrives on that shared experience and outside motivation, group exercise might be the perfect choice for you.

So What’s the Verdict?

The truth is that everyone is different. Some people thrive on a solo workout, while others can't stand the thought of being alone. The key is go find what works for you. Go it alone, find a group, or switch it up from time to time. Do what works for you -- what’s fun and effective -- and you're more likely to reach your goals and find ultimate fitness success in the long run.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Thornton, Colo.

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