How Your Gym Family Helps Extend Your Life

Trying new things is hard! Most of us are set in our ways and don’t venture outside our routine very often. And while trying out a new gym can be a challenge, it also has a lot of benefits.

One of those benefits is the chance to develop new social connections. The right gym will not only help you reach your fitness goals, but it will also help you build a sense of community.

A community-oriented gym, like Forma, gives you the chance to meet new people and become part of a bigger family. We maintain a culture of community, because we believe relationships enhance and extend our life—and will do the same for yours.

How a Fitness Community Benefits Health and Longevity

1) Strength in Numbers

Remember peer pressure? While you may not experience it much (or ever) after high school, the same concept is at play when you work out with a group. The healthy actions of others rub off on you.

Studies show that working out with others increases your time spent exercising, even doubling the amount of time, compared to those who exercise alone. Watching others can inspire you to work harder and keep going when you want to quit. Having a workout partner can also motivate you to show up, even when you don’t feel like it.

2) Longer Life Span

Many studies have linked strong social relationships to a longer life span. Maintaining healthy fitness habits can also increase your lifespan because exercise helps reduce the risk of disease and improves your overall physical health. Add the two together by building relationships while you workout and you have a great formula for a long and healthy life.

3) Sense of Belonging

As an adult, it can be hard to find a place where you belong. Working out with a friend or group promotes a feeling of “we’re all in this together.” When you’re losing steam during a workout, others can help encourage you to power through. Challenging yourself and trying new exercises with others creates a sense of camaraderie and accountability.

Working out gives you more movement, mobility, strength, and stronger bones, improves your mental health, and enhances your overall mood and life. Finding a gym that supports your goals and helps you build community will help you live your life to the fullest.

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Sara M

Sara M

Sara M. is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and freelance writer living and working near Boston, MA. As a former CrossFit gym owner and current fitness lover, Sara has a lot of personal and professional experience inside and outside the gym. She loves to write about various topics related to health, wellness, nutrition, human behavior, and self-mastery.

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