Group exercise

“Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.”
-Norman Cousins

Group exercise

Physical activity does wonders for our body – lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, promoting cardiac health, releasing endorphins, boosting immunity – now what if I told you laughter did the same thing?

Laughter (or as Dr. Wiliam Fry coined the term “internal aerobics“) and physical activity (“external aerobics“) are both fundamental components to health. You can nurture yourself with the benefits of both at the same time.

What’s one of the most effective ways of achieving this two-in-one workout?

Group exercise.

A socially supported exercise leadership style increases participant self-efficacy, energy, and enthusiasm. Individuals experience less post-exercise fatigue and care for embarrassing themselves (that would explain why people come back for round two in the evening even when they knows what’s comin’!).

This increased sense of enjoyment integrated around the pursuit of a goal and satisfying social interactions fosters exercise adherence – as Mark Twain said, “He who laughs, lasts“. The creation of a cohesive exercise groups emerges – an atmosphere destined for laughter.

We encourage this aspect of health at COR by celebrating fun fitness everyday through challenges, games, personalized goal setting and a sense of community – but this Saturday we invite everyone!

On Saturday, October 31st we will be offering a full, fun morning of FREE events – Halloween Boot Camp from 7-8am, Pumpkin Carving from 8-10am and then our last Zumba class from 11-12am …. ALL FOR FREE!

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Find where fun and fit collide! Be happy, get healthy – “Humor is an antidote for all ills!” – Patch Adams

Here’s to a week of fun, exercising with friends and experiencing the power of a community!

How do you plan on getting your internal and external jog?

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Written by Amanda Presgraves. Amanda is a senior Kinesiology major, Division I student-athlete and entrepreneur at James Madison University. As an advocate of health and personal growth, she’s on a constant pursuit to optimize life and inspire others through her commitment to healthy living. If you can’t find Amanda bouncing between the classroom, pool, kitchen, or volunteering, you can find her online as she continues to lead and motivate others towards a happier and improved life at COR through her article contributions, newsletters and community motivation. (@amandapgraves, amanda.presgraves@gmail.comlinkedin.