This below is the first in a series of featured posts by Les Mills brand. As always, opinions are my own.
In 15 days I turn 44.
It took me thirty of those years to learn no woman is an island.
Motherhood, writing, weight-loss, weight-loss maintaining, FITNESS—- it all requires the proverbial village.
I started my healthy living program *alone* and we all know how well that didnt go.
My flying solo resulted in fits & starts, over-training and shedding muscle.
Dont be me…
This month Im partnering with Les Mills in their war on inactivity.
Focusing on fitness not dieting their research shows working out in a group is the secret to getting us sedentary adults moving and staying on track with fitness. *
Im onboard with this approach.
- Group fitness means accountability. And–if you’re me–it means COMMUNITY. When I launched my It’s time to shed my freshwoman FORTY in college I began with step aerobics classes. I thrived as a result of having friends who expected me to show up at class and who checked in on me
if I blew it offif missed. Positive peer pressure, People—it works!
- Group fitness means compliance. The *aesthetics* of weight-loss only carry you so far on your journey. Connection with others on the same fitness-path helps motivate too. Many times I went to step class mostly to gossip with girlfriends. My reasons for going didnt matter—-what mattered was I went. Les Mills’ research showed group fitness resulted in a NINETY EIGHT PERCENT compliance rate. This clearly indicates the enjoyment and community built from group exercise is vital in creating good fitness habits. I found fitness in a group setting & thats how Ive maintained my weight loss. Les Mills *gets* the fact the GROUP DYNAMIC is key in maintaining compliance with exercisers of all manners and abilities.
- Group fitness means acclimatization. When I was a trainer I started clients off doing LESS than they were capable of as we were working to build HABITS first. I, like the Les Mills group fitness approach, am a believer in consistency being key to success. Group fitness creates a necessary fitness *habit* which lessens chance of falling into the FITS & STARTS cycle. Before examining the Les Mills research Id not seen a study which was able to clearly draw the correlation between building a successful long-term fitness regime and EASING gradually into a routine before working the way up to a full six-day-a-week routine. The Les Mills group fitness offerings allow participants to acclimatize and, as a result, stick with their program of choice.
- Group fitness means support. I’m uncoordinated. I’m the last one to “get” a new routine. Classes/group support are a great way for me to try something new as I know I’ll have encouragement & others trying class for the first time, too! No one cares if Im a misfit bumbling through BODY JAM—they just laugh and jam alongside me!
- Group fitness means fat-loss. We all know you CAN NOT out train a crappy (technical term) diet. Without changing food intake the Les Mills research participants* increased good (HDL) cholesterol and decreased bad (LDL) cholesterol. They decreased body fat by almost 7% (men) and 4% (women). They increased muscle mass by an average of 13.6lbs (men) & 2.6lbs (women). All through group fitness!
With that Im off.
To get OFF the island and get my group fitness ON.
- How will you exercise off the island today & get fit Les Mills GROUP STYLE?
*Conclusions based on Les Mill’s Get Fit Together study which subjected 25 sedentary individuals to a 30 wk program of LES MILLS™ Group Fitness classes. Program was based on American College of Sports Medicine physical activity guidelines.