Do you see everyone going around with a gym pal? Do you want to exercise solo but feel awkward about it because of peer pressure?
Then, let me tell you, it is perfectly normal to feel like that.
You might see numerous people finding ways to sweat together and asking you to join them. But, you think you only get the most of your workouts when you do them alone. It means that you are an introvert when it comes to fitness training. And, it is okay to be that way.
With that said, here are eight benefits of exercising alone regularly.
1. You are less distracted
If you are continuously chatting with your gym-mate, it will affect your session quality. If you are talking about topics of your interest, your mind will be focused there.
It makes it difficult for your mind to focus on the workout, and so your workout becomes less intense and not so productive.
2. You do not lose motivation when your workout friends flunk a day
If you are working with friends who have not been punctual in the past, leave them and train alone.
Experts say that people who tend to miss workout sessions and fall off their goals are likely to hinder the progress of their workout buddy too. Hence, you are better off alone.
3. You are free to go at your own pace
When exercising solo, you are free to set your own goals and get as intense as you feel.
Take a deep breath and focus on what works for your body. Find out the time and workouts that suit your body.
4. You can customize your workout to the needs of your body
Everybody is different. What works for others might not work for you. For example, if you are exercising in a group, you might not be able to experiment with different styles.
If you have a chronic injury or mild discomfort during a specific exercise, you can still do an intense workout by focusing on other areas. But, if you work out in a group, it gets hard to squeeze out an intense workout.
5. Going solo would give you more time with your trainer
Personal trainers tend to give individual service. When working with a group of friends, the trainer might not interrupt you for insights.
When you work out alone, the trainer focuses on you; there are no distractions. It will help you explore better workouts with the correct techniques and more attention.
6. It is less daunting
You might be insecure about your sweat patches or that tummy fat.
Every time you are working out with someone, you might be concerned about your image in the mirror. The tummy rolls while doing leg press might hinder your workout from time to time.
However, working out alone would relieve you of all these concerns.
You can forget how your body seems to others and focus wholly and solely on your workout.
7. You get to spend some me-time with yourself
If you are around people all day, workouts can be your me-time. Do your favorite things. Like, read a book while you plank. Or watch TV while running on that treadmill with incline.
Spending time alone can also clear your mind. You get time to reflect on the issues you have been facing. Further, it can also give you a sense of calm and peace. Me-time is a necessity, but it is also something we struggle to get in today’s world.
8. You can level up your workouts
If you are a fitness freak, group workouts can hinder your progress. Your body may want an intense workout, but you cannot level up because your gym buddies might have difficulty coping. They might give up in between.
Experts say that it is better to work out with someone who has a fitness level similar to yours. Working out with someone below your fitness level can hold you back. And, working out with someone of a high level can leave you distressed.
So, work out alone or choose your partners carefully.
Now, you don’t have to feel guilty about wanting to work out alone. It is beneficial on many levels. So, go out and do it on your own, buddy!