The Mental Health Benefits of In-Person Workouts

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As the fitness industry continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly clear that the motivations behind it are more than just physical. In fact, 77% of consumers say being physically active helps their mental health. This is especially true in today's climate, where 45% of Americans report feeling stressed on a regular basis. It is clear that mental health and stress reduction are major reasons why Americans prioritize fitness.

Corporate wellness programs allow employers to tap into deeper motivations for movement and create more sustainable wellness habits among your workforce.

Regular in-person workouts can help reduce stress, improve mood and self-esteem, and even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Here, we take a closer look at the impact that in-person workouts can have on mental health.

When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which are hormones that act as natural painkillers and create feelings of euphoria. This “runner’s high” can help reduce stress levels and improve mood. Exercise also increases serotonin levels in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

In addition to these short-term benefits, regular in-person workouts can also have long-term positive effects on mental health. Studies have shown that regular exercise can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression over time. Exercise has also been found to be an effective coping strategy for managing stress and improving self-esteem.

Engaging in regular in-person workouts can provide an opportunity for social connection. Participating in group classes or working out with friends can provide support, motivation, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging – all of which are important for maintaining good mental health.

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Utilizing an employee wellness initiative that engages in regular in-person workouts can have numerous benefits for mental health. From reducing stress levels to improving mood and self-esteem, there are many ways that exercise can positively impact our psychological wellbeing.


Burnalong provides an end-to-end wellness solution focused on helping people achieve their human potential. Our platform includes access to more than 30,000 live, on-demand, and in-person classes, taught by 5,000+ instructors, across 60+ categories (spanning physical, emotional, and financial wellness, including programming for chronic conditions, prenatal, children, and disabilities), reflecting the diversity, and diversity of needs, of the population.


To learn more about how your workforce can supplement their digital experience with opportunities for in-person fitness and wellness classes, visit https://www.burnalong.com/burnalong-plus.


Sources: 2022 MindBody Fitness Trends Report

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