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Do you want to dramatically increase your chances of sticking to fitness, enjoying it, and reaching your goals?
Then you might want to consider exercising with a group.
Some people like to go it alone – and there’s nothing wrong with that if you’re one of them.
But if you’d rather add a social element to your routines, then you’re like millions of Americans at any age and any fitness level. Studies show that social interaction is key to building healthy new habits of any kind, including exercise. (Our members tell us that having the community at TASH is one of the top reasons they love it here and keep coming back.)
In fact, active adults over 50 attend group exercise classes more than any other demographic except millennials.
There are some good reasons for that, including:
Social aspect and team atmosphere. Many people simply find it more fun to be with people. And enjoying exercise is an important driver of success for everyone.
Attention from trainer or class leader. Groups are a great way to receive coaching without going to the expense of hiring a trainer just for you.
Affordability. Fitness studios and gyms typically offer attractive pricing for group classes or training sessions.
Efficient use of time. You don’t have to worry about whether you’re making the most of your schedule when you’re led through a workout.
Accountability and motivation. People in group training naturally check up on each other – and encourage each other to keep coming back.
At some gyms and studios, small group training is provided in sessions, in a room separate from what you might consider a typical gym.
In others, it might be provided in calisthenics-focused “boot camp” style.
And sometimes it’s in small group personal training, which can include some courses and instructors certified by the Functional Aging Institute. These sessions guide three to ten people through a variety of exercises using things like balance balls, resistance bands, weightlifting machines and dumbbells. They’re geared to helping you build strength, power and flexibility, manage weight and move freely.
Also, don’t forget yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, low-impact aerobics, tennis lessons and running clubs. Fitness comes in many styles!
The Buddy System works, too
You don’t have to join a group class (or even a studio or gym) to get the benefits of the Buddy System. Some people like to take a friend and start a fitness journey together, even if it’s just walks around the neighborhood.
Others make new friends with fellow gym-goers, or hire one-on-one trainers to get that steady interaction.
And family members find that working out together strengthens their relationship.
Come see us, or call or check online, to learn more about group sessions, training and introductory sessions and tours!
At TASH Wellness in Glenview, we are here for you! Our specialty is women. We love working with women that have a substantial amount of weight to reduce, or women that are 50 and above. As a Functional Aging Specialist, Integrative Corrective Movement Instructor, and Aging the Older Adult Instructor, we get all our women moving functionally for the rest of their lives. We work on balance, cognitive training, fall prevention and strength. TASH Wellness is not a gym - it's a journey and it's YOUR community. We serve women in Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, Evanston, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Northbrook, Glencoe, Glenview, Riverwoods, Chicago and Des Plaines.
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