The beginning of the year is a popular time for women to explore new fitness routines. Many women, especially moms are flocking to group fitness programs – and with good reason. Group fitness classes offer the opportunity to experience movement in a safe, encouraging environment, inspiring meaningful changes both physically and mentally. At FIT4MOM we believe in the #strengthinmotherhood and deliver the group support and community many women are searching for when they enter motherhood.
6 Reasons Group Fitness is Perfect for Moms
BY: Colleen O'Connell, FIT4MOM Central Cincinnati owner
1. Expert guidance with no guesswork
As we like to say, “just show up and we'll take care of the rest”. Our certified group fitness instructors take the guesswork out of what exercises are safe for pregnancy, babywearing and as a new mom. FIT4MOM is the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing fitness classes and a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood. From pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond, our fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit.
2. Social support
Motherhood can be isolating. Many new moms struggle with postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, sleep deprivation and learning a new balance of self-care. Group fitness is perfect for moms! It's a great way to get out of the house and have adult conversations with other women who have similar interests. FIT4MOM makes this one step easier by omitting the need for childcare. Our stroller fitness programs include your little ones in class.
We also offer social connection through Our Village. Our Village supports all moms, in all stages of motherhood. Each month activities are scheduled in your local area. Moms Night Out, playgroups, book clubs, family events, charitable events, and more are offered depending on your interests! Celebrate, find support with challenges, and be involved in your community with us. Together we can help each other find our common strength for motherhood!
3. Ease of sticking to a workout routine
“The fact that group fitness classes occur on a set day and time works wonders with creating structure around physical activity, even for people who struggle with workout consistency. As opposed to hoping you’ll make it to the gym at some point during the day, choosing a class to attend and signing up in advance creates a greater sense of accountability and enables you to plan your day around your workout (and your health!).” Jessica Mathews, ACE
One of the biggest motivators for enrolling in a group fitness classes is accountability. It's harder to skip a workout when you know your instructor is expecting you to show up and will check in with you if you miss a class. The group is also another level of accountability. Knowing other class members are planning on you cheering them on and vice versa makes it easier and more enjoyable to stay accountable.
5. Explore movement in a new way
If you find yourself getting bored with the same routine, group fitness can be a perfect option for adding some variety. Do you dread the idea of running on a treadmill to get your cardio in? Try attending a HIIT class or group run club. Are you stuck in a rut with the same strength training exercises? Leave the planning to a certified group fitness instructor.
6. Fitness is more fun when shared with others
Do you find you push yourself harder in a group environment? Do you have a competitive nature? Many people find friendly competition fun and hands down the most commonly cited reason people choose group fitness. The more enjoyment you experience during exercise; the more likely you are to stick with it.