Normally it’s advisable to workout in groups as it is a good way to stay motivated to work out. But the case may be different for some of us. Some of us prefer to work out alone where we plan our own programs and practically do everything on our own. If groups aren’t exactly your thing that’s fine, it’s okay to work out alone and there are quite some advantages to it too.
YOU’RE NOT ANSWERABLE TO ANYONE BUT YOURSELF
This means you get to work out flexibly and at your own convenience and pace. You get to decide when, how much, and what to do. You set your own goals and go as hard as you want (set the pace). Only you is accountable for your progress.
When working out with people, there’s a lot of room for distractions. You start talking about that popular show from yesterday, which football club is the best (its Barcelona by the way), or how poorly your kids are doing in math. You become more engrossed in the conversation than your workout. You don’t get to complete the reps you set out to. But on the other hand, when you work out alone you’re all by yourself, and your workout has your full and undivided attention.
TAILOR YOUR WORK-OUT TO YOUR NEEDS
This simply means preparing a program that’s in line with your various physical needs. We all know everyone is different with specific work out needs. When you work out in groups, most of the time everyone does the same activities, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s what you need. What you need is likely very different from everyone else in the work out group, and how you achieve it should be totally within your control. If you don’t have issues with belly fat or you’re not trying to reveal your 6 pack, you don’t have to do crunches all because the group is doing them. Your work out program should be tailored according to your needs.
YOU DON’T MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS WITH OTHERS
Like I always say, bodies are different and they respond to workouts in different ways and at different speeds. We could be working out with a group of friends and some start seeing results before others, while doing exactly the same workouts. This for some could be very demoralizing. When we work out alone we won’t have to experience such, as we’ve got no one to compare our progress with. So we workout at our own pace although we have to ensure we stay motivated and don’t become complacent.
YOU GET TIME TO YOURSELF
You’re able to air your inner thoughts when you work out alone without the distraction of a partner. You have your ‘U’ time, thoughts flood in, your deepest thoughts bubble up and you get to unplug from the rest of the world. Working out alone is effective for reducing anxiety, stress and depression. It’s an opportunity to connect with yourself completely without distractions.
You could work out by yourself or with friends, it all depends on whichever suits you, but the main thing is to ensure not to lose focus. Stay motivated till you achieve your objective. Keep this in mind, “if you ever feel like quitting, just remember why you started”.