Victoria Guthrie finds out about the benefits of group fitness with David Lloyd Ipswich

Even those of us with the best of intentions struggle to exercise in winter. It’s cold, dark outside and let’s face it, most of us would rather be wrapped up under a blanket with a hot chocolate than exercising. But there are lots of reasons why you should get moving this winter.

It’s widely known that exercise releases dopamine into your brain and this chemical plays a large role in happiness and feelings of pleasure. Whilst getting your bum up off the couch and to the gym may be hard, once you get moving it can take less than ten minutes for you to feel the effects; you feel happier and more energised.

Not only does exercise help ease stress from the day, it reduces anxiety and fights insomnia. Less stress makes for happy people!

Our bodies respond to light in order to maintain our circadian rhythms which regulate energy levels, appetite, sleep quality and mood. During the winter months, when the mornings and evenings are dark, many people are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is most severe during December, January and February and affects one in three people. Thought to be caused by a lack of vitamin D from sunlight and activity, SAD can cause you to feel down and sluggish. Taking up an exercise class can improve both your mood and your immune system. Even ten minutes of exercise can make a huge difference to how you feel.

It’s hard to get the motivation to work out when both the mornings and evenings are dark, but that’s where group exercise comes in to play. Us humans are sociable creatures and we enjoy having a laugh; many people find working out easier with friends. The camaraderie of a group exercise class can help to keep you motivated and feel accountable. It’s proven that working out with others makes you less likely to quit.

Most classes can be joined at any time whether you’re a seasoned fitness fanatic or a beginner. One of the big benefits is that you get time with an instructor; although it may not be one-to-one you can still reap the rewards of having a professional leading the way. They’ll be able to spot bad form and help you with any tricky moves as well as
offer advice.

David Lloyd Ipswich offers a fitness class for everyone, no matter your focus. Try the high intensity RPM™ or Sufferfest cycling classes in the Virtual Cycle Studio or you could opt for gym floor circuits and the GRIT™ series to really push your training to the max. If you prefer to fight it out then FIGHT CLUB and BODYCOMBAT™ might be for you. Whittle down your middle with CXWORX™ and cool down with Yoga. Enjoy a wide variety of classes at convenient times to suit all lifestyles. With over 170 classes to choose from and flexible membership options there is no excuse not to get started.

To find out more visit www.davidlloyd.co.uk or call 01473 325 971