IF YOU DO ONE THING THIS MONTH...

IF YOU DO ONE THING THIS MONTH…

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

If your idea of a Satur­day morn­ing well spent is get­ting your crew to­gether for a sweat sesh fol­lowed by brunch, you know how to live and we sa­lute you. But if the mo­ti­va­tion for your week­end work­out is purely phys­i­cal gains, you’re not giv­ing your­self enough credit: there are men­tal ben­e­fits to a so­cial ses­sion, too. In a 12-week study of med­i­cal stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of New Eng­land in the US, re­searchers found that ex­er­cis­ing in group classes for 30 min­utes a week low­ered stress lev­els by 26%. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in reg­u­lar group fit­ness classes led to a sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in per­ceived stress and an in­crease in phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tional qual­ity of life, com­pared with ex­er­cis­ing alone or not ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly at all. Feel free to share the news on the Girls With Gains What­sapp thread.

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