The Social Impact Of Being Physical

Jun 10, 2016
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We all have heard about the physical, mental and biological benefits of regular exercise and the immense emphasis that is laid on it, but have you ever wondered about the social aspect of being physical? A study in the ‘International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity’  brings into limelight the psycho social characteristics of a healthy fitness regime.


Can exercise actually be social? Why not! The social benefits of exercise extend to having workout partners and buddies and having gym friends that make your workout all the more fun-filled. Also the social aspects embrace increased levels of self-esteem and confidence, as face to face.

1. A good Support System Can Boost Your Morale

With a toned body your emotional well-being is sounder and you will feel that you have developed increased levels of self-confidence and self-esteem which translates into a positive self-image. Exercise can help you shed those extra pounds that will improve your posture and strengthen your core muscles. Physical fitness accompanied by that elevated feeling is like a cherry on the cake.

* Goals Can become Achievable

Your social relationships will automatically seem to be more hale and hearty as you get together with people with common interests and may even achieve more than expected in a competitive spirit. Developing and showing off your hourglass figure to your buddies and challenging yourself with some daily exercises to stay fit to achieve those targets will definitely make you feel better about yourself.

* Increases Your Accountability

When you know that someone is counting on you to be there, it is highly unlikely that you will delay or make excuses to workout. Also good company always makes you do something beyond your scope and you end up surprising yourself, in a pleasant way obviously.

* You Break Out of your Comfort Zone

The spirit to explore new avenues and take up exciting new ventures is only possible when you have a few good-natured friends that will be there by your side no matter what. This could probably entail you signing up for Zumba or salsa dance classes that are a sure way to burn your calories effectively.  Charity races are also an option to sign up for to feel that adrenaline rush.

2. Fitness centers serving as social venues

The rising trend of fitness centers has made this concept of being enrolled in one: deeply engraved in people’s lives and more and more people are finding an excuse to socialize through these platforms. Annual surveys conducted by International Health, Racquet, and Sports club Association (IHRSA) have identified a rampant growth of gyms and health clubs which shows that more and more people have become health conscious and their choice of gyms may also rely on where their social group goes to rather than the facilities and equipment the particular gym provides. Not only do such places boost physical health but also foster face to face interactions and breed feelings of socialism.

3. Opportunities to befriend people

Good friends are hard to find and even harder to keep. An active lifestyle opens up your vision and makes you see the world from a totally different perspective and you tend to bond with like-minded people. It not only gives you an opportunity to meet up with your existing friends but it is always a pleasure to meet new people who enjoy a proactive lifestyle. You may be a new entrant to a community, educational institute or the like, being a part of an active recreational sports complex or club will help you enjoy your work and simultaneously develop qualities like team work and cooperation; which can prove to be helpful in all walks of life.


4. Corporate Fitness add Elements of Productivity at the Workplace

Investing in a corporate gym can increase employee retention and increase employee morale. Also the main cause of employee absenteeism is poor health which is often attributable to obesity or illnesses due to a sedentary lifestyle. It also helps the employee to spend some quality time with their peers and colleagues and develop a rapport which might help them foster amicable relationships at the workplace; also it as an apt excuse to keep your employees in-house and facilitate in every possible manner.

Work and play together make an epic combination and is sure to motivate you to reach unprecedented heights. Make a support team, raise your spirits, plan your routine and see how the social element can spice up your workouts.

Author: Zyana Morris