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Lacking motivation? 3 reasons group workouts may boost your mental health

Lacking motivation to hit the gym or exercise? F45 trainer Rachael Penrose reveals 3 ways working out in a group is beneficial to your mental and physical health

Have you found yourself lacking motivation to exercise? We all have days when motivation is low, and it takes very little to talk ourselves out of a workout.

Whether it be a workout buddy, or a pre-planned group workout, having that external motivation can make all the difference to your mood.

Here are 3 ways this F45 trainer thinks group workouts will help to motivate you and improve your mental and physical health…

#1 You’ll feel a sense of community & think positively

This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness week is loneliness – and when we’re feeling lonely or lacking motivation , working out in a group can help lift our mood and motivate us to get started.

Working out as part of a team also teaches you to think positively in achieving your fitness goals. Training yourself to think positively in your training sessions can inspire you to think more positively in your everyday life too, which can in turn reduce those stress levels!

working out in a group can help lift our mood and motivate us

Positive thinking has also been shown to improve overall mental health and reduce levels of anxiety.

An optimistic outlook on life doesn’t mean that every day is amazing, but as life rolls on by like a rollercoaster, how you perceive and react to the good and bad around you has a dramatic effect on your mental health as well as your motivation to improve your physical heath too.

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#2 You can learn from others & achieve more from your workout

While people may prefer to work out alone, you can sometimes find yourself in a bit of a workout block, repeating the same structure and possibly hitting a plateau with your training.

Going to a group training class is a great way to keep your fitness spark alive. Group fitness also gives you a chance to learn from others, progress your fitness level and improve your skills.

Group fitness also gives you a chance to learn from others

For example, F45 Training is known for its group training workouts which are fun, innovative and suitable for all. There is a community of people who all have the same goal – get fit and have fun doing it, and it is the best way to boost your spirits and keep you accountable.

This can create a sense of self-worth and pride, which will naturally lift your mood, boost your confidence and motivation.

To book into a group class at F45 Training, visit to find your nearest studio.

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#3 You’ll feel supported by others

When you are struggling with your mental health and/or motivation, feeling supported can be the key to recovery.

External motivation from other people can reassure you that you have a network that will support you, even on your down days.

Picture yourself in a negative environment where there is no support, no external motivation – you can probably feel the energy draining out of you?

Now think of a time where you have had people around you, shouting you praise or showering you with positive reinforcement.

It becomes a much more positive and motivating atmosphere – and instead of feeling unmotivated and low, you feel as though you have a team to rely on.

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