Group exercise is very popular: Nearly 40% of regular exercisers participate in group fitness classes. In advance of the coronavirus pandemic, the American College of Sports Medicine predicted that group fitness would be one of the top three fitness industry trends in 2020 – for good reason.
Exercise has clear benefits for your health and well-being, and the side effects – think lowered blood pressure, improved glycemic control, better sleep – are overwhelmingly positive. And exercising in groups may have particularly beneficial effects.
If you’ve been considering joining an online group class – or been encouraged to by others – here are some research-based reasons why that might be a great idea.
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