Working Out Together: How Coterie’s Group Exercise Programs Develop the Body, Mind, and Spirit

“There is something very special when a group of residents works out together,” says Coterie Resident Engagement Director Amanda Clears. “The shared experience brings out their best – and motivates everyone to keep going.”                               

Research mirrors Amanda’s observation, confirming that exercising in groups provides physical, emotional, and social benefits for older adults, while encouraging participants to stick with the program.

The science behind group exercise classes for seniors

Let’s start with some encouraging stats related to senior fitness classes: A UK study of people aged 65 and over reveals clear advantages for working out in a group.

Researchers split the participants into two groups. The first group attended organized group exercise sessions for a year, while the second group had no organized exercise. Among other benefits, the researchers found that the group exercisers showed a long-term improvement in walking speed, balance, and leg strength compared to the other group.

Besides improving mobility, researchers designed the group classes to be fun and social. The people in the exercise group attended most of the sessions, suggesting that they liked the group setting.

Another study compared working out in a group versus exercising alone. Group exercise appears to reduce stress and lead to improvements in quality of life. Coterie’s resident Engagement team strongly encourages residents to attend group fitness classes. “Besides getting the benefits of exercise, it helps residents become more confident and gives them a shared sense of accomplishment,” Amanda Clears says.

6 ways Coterie’s group exercise program builds bodies, minds, and community

  1. Better strength and vitality

Group exercise classes are designed to provide steady, targeted improvements. Over time, participants make strides and can become increasingly fit in ways that are healthy, productive – and safe.

“Residents come to Coterie with a wide range of abilities,” Amanda Clears says. “We meet them where they are and help them build core strength, flexibility, and balance.”

Group workout attendees enjoy a variety of disciplines, including:

  1. Improved mental health and social support

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) reported on the prevalence of loneliness and isolation. A study found that one in three adults aged 45 and older experiences loneliness, while almost a quarter of people aged 65 and older are categorized as “socially isolated.” The social aspects of group exercise can reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation. Exercise in general, and group exercise, can help.

  1. Built-in motivation and accountability

Group workouts create a spirit of camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment as participants share their fitness success stories.

  1. Personalized programs for every resident

Coterie partners with Elevation Health to conduct a personal evaluation for each resident – and develop a custom-tailored workout program to help them achieve their wellness goals.

  1. More fun and enjoyment

In addition to focusing on the importance of fitness for older adults, Coterie believes residents enjoy working out more when they exercise together in inspiring locations. Workout amenities include beautiful pools, welcoming yoga studios, and smartly equipped fitness centers.

“The Mayo Clinic helped us design the fitness center,” Amanda Clears explains. “It was carefully put together around the needs of residents. On top of enjoying working out together, we believe the environment enhances their experience.”

Group fitness – the Coterie way

Despite the many well-documented benefits of regular exercise, many people – especially older adults – struggle to start and successfully maintain a consistent fitness program.

Knowing the importance of social connections for seniors, Coterie’s thoughtfully crafted group classes are led by professional instructors in inviting, inspiring workout environments. Coterie’s instructors and trainers keep residents engaged and entertained. The workouts feel less like a chore and more like a fun, social activity. This winning combination encourages Coterie residents to live healthier, happier, more productive lives.


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