I want to talk about the community and the power it brings.
Friday is here again, the short week has been a busy one with lots of amazing clients implementing healthy habits and enjoying the energy exercise brings to their week.
The health club has been particularly busy with a good vibe. When I joined Coffs Coast Health Club the first thing I noticed is the inviting atmosphere. As I sit and write, there is a class leaving the studio with many members leaving smiling as they go, two friends are walking on the treadmills discussing their plans for the weekend and a mother and son working hard on the spin bikes.
When considering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, maintaining our physical health is absolutely necessary to keep our journey towards self-actualization on a firm foundation. Invest in your physical health, and you will continually receive dividends throughout other parts of your life. Being part of an exercise community of like-minded people provides possibilities to access the levels of both belonging and self-esteem. For people that are more socially oriented it will be important to train with friends or feel socially connected.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Small group training, whether it’s in a class, group personal training or with your workout buddy is a lot of fun and it also gets results. Research has shown that training with others leads to faster and longer-lasting results when compared to working out on your own. Knowing this, it should be obvious that adding small group training to your fitness routine is a fast track way to success. But in case you needed a little more motivation, here are 6 more great reasons to get involved.
Collective knowledge. No one person ever has all of the answers and regardless of the number of internet searches you do, consulting with experts is always going to give you better information.
Pushing our limits. When working alone, it’s often too easy to give up when things get hard. By surrounding yourself with others working toward a similar goal or objective, you’ll get motivation, support, and friendly competition to push yourself just a bit further than you would have done on your own.
Support and belief. Some days those big goals just seem impossible. On those days when you most want to give up, you need to lean on your community the most. They believe in you—probably more than you believe in yourself.
New ideas. I truly believe that when you are working within a community of like-minded people that the wisdom of crowds is considerably greater than any one person working alone.
Borrowed motivation. Especially on those days when your belief in yourself is waning, doing what needs to get done can seem overwhelming. Look around your community and be inspired!
Accountability. You may not want to admit to yourself or the people you care about that you have been a bit lazy. There’s nothing like having to be accountable to others to up your game.
My advice if you are lacking your exercise motivation, grab a workout buddy, try a new class here at the club or just call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and ask them if they would like to go for a walk? Get your steps up and set the world to rights at the same time. They may need you more than you think!
Have an amazing weekend ahead.