It's no secret that we find motivation from our peers, and there's proof of this. A recent study showed that participants exercised 160 percent longer when in a group setting than those simply working with one partner, and 200 percent longer than those who were working out alone. Perhaps we embrace the idea of working harder when in a team-like environment because being around people with similar goals and struggles can actually help us stay inspired. A support network among a tribe of peers who understand you and your goals could be the key to results-oriented fitness.
I personally prescribe to the idea that we work best together—particularly women. I am the oldest of five girls, and my sisters have helped shape my perspective on the power of camaraderie among females. In fact, the conception of Kaia FIT was due largely in part to my relationship with strong women in my life—namely my mom and sisters—as key pillars of support in countless ways. Kaia FIT was started, and continues to thrive, based on the notion that as humans (not just women) we operate at our best as a "pack."
Here are five reasons why a fitness community is so important: