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I like to think that I have a long relationship with exercise. I have valued it since I was 12 years old and have always been excited about the newest way to work out. I have tried Running, Yoga, BootCamps, Zumba, Hip-Hop Dance, Pilates, Weight-lifting and even 5k fun runs. I am never one to turn my head to an exciting way to burn some calories. Plus, I believe working out feels good physically and mentally. Nothing seems better than the way you feel right after you finish a very hard workout. I tend to pat myself on the back after a rather strenuous exercise.
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However, I have noticed in my life that I have had extended periods of time where I just don't work out at all—which is perplexing to me since I enjoy working out. Sometimes, however, I just lose the motivation to get up and go to the gym, often due to my life becoming busier.
Despite this, I have noticed something throughout my life when it comes to working out. When I am working out consistently, I am more likely to get up and go, even when I do not feel like it if I am going with a group.
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My theory on why group exercise works
I realized that I work out better in groups. My personal theory as to why group exercise works is simple; I don't want to let my friends down, so I show up even when I don't want to. Once I am there, my friends motivate me to work harder than I probably would on my own. And at the end of my workout, I am feeling so good that I decided to come. Once I realized that I enjoy working out in groups, it changed my world. I had not had an extended stretch of time when I did not workout since I've discovered this. But I was blown away once I realized that my theory was proven.
My theory Proved by Soffee
I was thrilled to say the least when I came across this infographic from an athletic brand called Soffe. When I saw the stat that read “87% feel they accomplish more and push themselves farther when working out with a friend or in a group,” it all made sense. I noticed after seeing this that I not only felt better working in groups when it came to working out but also in life generally. I am not a lone wolf by any means—I grew up in a house with six sisters. But I never realized that this group mentality was something that many other women feel. I was also very moved by Soffe as a brand for focusing on the collective strength in women and encouraging many of them achieve their goals as a team. Their slogan is “The Strength is in Us,” which I just LOVE! I love it when I find a brand that just gets it, and am all for supporting a company that promotes women in such a positive way. So I just had to try them out!
My experience with Soffee
So I was able to try a pair of athletic leggings and a tank top from Soffe, and I was so excited once my package arrived. They fit great, and I love the design on the pants. One thing I liked about the clothes is that not only were they soft and comfortable, but they had a very slimming effect to them. Did I mention the clothes are super cute? I know I said that working out in a group motivates me to workout, but looking pretty in the gym also helps. I could not wait to wear these in the gym. And the very best part is that their clothes were affordable. You could get a full ensemble for under $50 on their site. Yeah, I have to say I resonated with this message and brand.
So I guess all there is to say now is I told ya so! Group workouts WORK. And if you are in that funk where you cannot fathom getting up and going to the gym then I suggest you grab a buddy and get moving. Think of it like this, hanging out with your friends is fun, and getting the benefit of exercise while being with your friends is a bonus. This theory has worked well for me, and I hope that it will encourage you do whatever activity makes you happy—but do it with a friend. 🙂