Exercise Professionals - Group exercise better at reducing stress than solo workouts – study...
18 Nov 2018 Exercise professionals: News, jobs and training
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

31 Oct 2017

Group exercise better at reducing stress than solo workouts – study
BY Rob Gibson

Group exercise participants reported a 12.6 per cent improvement in mental health and 26.2 per cent reduction in stress levels

Group exercise participants reported a 12.6 per cent improvement in mental health and 26.2 per cent reduction in stress levels
photo: Shutterstock

Working out in a group lowers stress by 26 per cent and significantly improves quality of life, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine recruited 69 medical students – a group known for high levels of stress and self-reported low quality of life – and allowed them to self-select into a 12-week exercise programme, either within a group setting or as individuals.

The results, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, showed those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant changes in their stress level and a limited improvement to their quality of life.

“The communal benefits of coming together with friends and colleagues, and doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, pays dividends beyond exercising alone," said lead researcher Dayna Yorks.

Every four weeks, participants completed a survey asking them to rate their levels of perceived stress and quality of life in three categories: mental, physical and emotional.

Those participating in group exercise spent 30 minutes at least once a week in CXWORX, a core strengthening and functional fitness training programme.

At the end, their mean monthly survey scores showed significant improvements in all three quality of life measures: mental (12.6 per cent), physical (24.8 per cent) and emotional (26 per cent). They also reported a 26.2 per cent reduction in perceived stress levels.

By comparison, individual fitness participants were allowed to maintain any exercise regime they preferred, which could include activities like running and weightlifting, but they had to work out alone or with no more than two partners.

On average the solitary exercisers worked out twice as long, and saw no significant changes in any measure, except in mental state (11 per cent improvement). A control group also saw no significant changes in quality of life or perceived stress levels.



Connect with
Exercise Professionals
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
University of Warwick’s heavily anticipated sports centre breaks ground
University of Warwick’s heavily anticipated sports centre breaks ground   16 Nov 2018

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has begun work on the University of Warwick’s new sports and wellness hub in Coventry, UK. Set to become one of the .... more>>
2018 Active Training Awards: Streetgames and Jubilee Hall among winners
2018 Active Training Awards: Streetgames and Jubilee Hall among winners   16 Nov 2018

Winners of this year's Active Training Awards have been revealed at a gala event in Birmingham. Organised by ukactive and the Chartered Institute for .... more>>
'Industry first' as Legend makes it data available as part of Open Data Initiative
'Industry first' as Legend makes it data available as part of Open Data Initiative   16 Nov 2018

Legend Club Management Systems will enable all of its customers to have the ability to open their data for collaboration with third parties. The .... more>>
Loughborough University opens doors on innovative Elite Athlete Hotel
Loughborough University opens doors on innovative Elite Athlete Hotel   15 Nov 2018

The Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel (EAC) – the first sports-centric venue of its kind in the UK – has opened at Loughborough University. Designed .... more>>
Anytime Fitness' parent company acquires Basecamp Fitness – plans to roll out franchise globally
Anytime Fitness' parent company acquires Basecamp Fitness – plans to roll out franchise globally   15 Nov 2018

Self Esteem Brands, owner of Anytime Fitness, has acquired a new fitness concept with plans to franchise it worldwide. Basecamp Fitness – .... more>>
Oxygen Freejumping comes to London’s O2
 Oxygen Freejumping comes to London’s O2   15 Nov 2018

The newest venue of Oxygen Freejumping has opened at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Implemented by zynk Design and Lunar Trampolines, the flagship .... more>>
Company profile


Xn Leisure Systems Ltd

Xn has multi-channel self-service solutions, fast-track kiosks and tablet check-ins.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Unlocking new clientele through corporate memberships

Unlocking new clientele through corporate memberships

Fitness facilities often struggle to increase corporate members. At present, just 14 per cent of individuals are granted access to gyms through their employer More>>




in this issue

• 'Preventative vision' revealed for NHS
• Escape and Myzone to 'gamify' HIIT classes
• IHG opens the UK's first Kimpton hotel



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Spa Therapists
Salary: OTE £27,000-£32,000
Location: Surrey, UK
Company: Beaverbrook Hotel
Casual Fitness Motivators
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Horfield, Bristol, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Personal Trainer Recruitment Open day - Manchester
Salary: Self-Employed
Location: Manchester, UK
Company: The Gym Group
Leisure Assistant (fixed term)
Salary: £7.90 - £8.45
Location: Bristol, UK
Company: Circadian Leisure Trust
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com

24 Apr - 26 Nov 2018

MAPIC Russia

Expocentre, Moscow, Russia


19-20 Nov 2018

Israel Hotel Investment Summit (IHIS)

Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel



Health Club Management magazine 2018 issue 10
Health Club Management
2018 issue 10

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  IHRSA update: The IHRSA Global 25
IHRSA ranks the world’s top fitness operators by revenue growth, unit growth and number of members More>>
  Fitness-kit.net: Product innovations
Technogym SkillBike launches, Precor has a new deal with RunTV, Physical Company extends its Pilates offer with Merrithew and David Lloyd Leisure has a new nutrition partner More>>


Health Club Management magazine 2018 issue 9

Health Club Management
2018 issue 9

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Promotional feature: Legend
With the right partner, changing your software systems should be a smooth process that can energise the business and lead to unexpected benefits More>>
  Trend watch: Calisthenics
A mix of gymnastics, parkour and bodyweight training, calisthenics is an eye-catching way to build strength. Kath Hudson looks at how gyms can incorporate this discipline More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd