This is a two-part series. Last week, we discussed the advantages of group- or partnered-exercise.
So we all watch the classes at the gym, see the power-walking groups of ladies walking the neighborhood, or athletic teams kicking butt on the field. Are we a loser if we prefer working out alone? Are we missing out or depriving ourselves of a better team-workout?
Not at all! There are a number of advantages to working out by yourself:
1. Flexibility. Work out when you want to, as long as you need to, with 100% focus on your goals and what drives you. Especially for those of us with hectic scheduling, working out by yourself may be the only way to squeeze in that last minute workout, or get the quiet time you desperately needed.
2. Pride in your accomplishments. Many people work out in groups because they won’t do it without others pushing them along. It is often harder to set goals for oneself and then step by step, day by day, drive yourself forward. Taking that journey on your own takes personal strength and fortitude, but the success and satisfaction is worth every worn-out gym shoe and every sweaty t-shirt along the way.
3. No judgments on appearance. Your workout isn’t about keeping your hair in place, wearing the right outfit, or making the right noises while lifting a heavy weight. You can wear whatever is comfortable, push as hard as you want to, and focus 100% on your goals and your state of mind. You can dance like no one is watching, and sweat like its going out of style!
4. Get your stress out and unwind. Even those who love exercising with a buddy much of the time know that there is nothing like an amazing solo run or gym session after a long busy day of multitasking, meetings, and/or sitting at a desk. Few things decrease stress and anxiety better than a good hard workout to relieve the mind, refresh the body, and renew the spirit. Whether you entirely zone out, or finally engage in the moment, a solo workout can be exactly what heals you.
5. You get to choose your own music. ‘nuf said.
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