Forget dragging yourself for a solitary gym session because new researchsuggests exercising in a group has the greatest impact on stress.
During the experiment, 69 medical students were split into three groups with different exercise remits.
Participants either took part in a regular 30-minute group CXWORX (core strength) class, exercised alone or with a maximum of two people (doing exercise of their choice, such as running or lifting weights), or did not engage in regular exercise.
The researchers said there was “no significant” change in stress levels when looking at the physical type of exercise undertaken, such as running or weightlifting.
However, those involved in group sessions reported experiencing the highest levels of stress relief.
Participants answered a questionnaire designed to highlight their levels of stress, physical and mental health before and after the study.
At the end of the 12-week trial, the researchers concluded: “Participation in regular group fitness classes led to a statistically significant decrease in perceived stress and an increase in physical, mental, and emotional QOL [quality of life] compared with exercising regularly on one’s own or not engaging in regular exercise.”