Let’s Move: How Building Connections Boosts Your Mental Mojo

Ever feel like you’re tap dancing with tension or bench pressing through life’s burdens? Fear not – a group fitness class might just hold the key to unlocking a world of connection and community that’s bound to lift your spirits (and your heart rate)!

The Scoop on Social Connections

Did you know that having a solid squad to sweat with can work wonders for your mental well-being? It’s true! Studies have shown that folks with strong social networks are less likely to feel like they’re trekking solo through a desert of blues. In fact, research suggests that social connections are VITAL for our mental health. Studies have found that individuals with stronger social networks are less likely to experience feelings of loneliness and depression, and an analysis published in PLOS Medicine revealed that having social support is associated with a lower risk of developing mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. So, next time you’re feeling a bit out of step, consider hitting up your workout buddies for some much-needed TLC.

Sweat Away Stress

Ever heard of endorphins? Think of them as your body’s very own mood-boosting superheroes! When you lace up those sneakers and hit the studio, your brain releases a healthy dose of these powerful, feel-good chemicals that say “adios” to stress and “helloooo” to happiness. Endorphins work their magic to alleviate stress and elevate your mood, and here’s the best part: exercising in a group setting can supercharge your endorphin production, leading to an even bigger mood boost! So why go it alone when you can tap into the collective energy of your fitness fam and ride the wave of euphoria together? 

The Power of We

When you’re sweating it out alongside your fitness buddies, you’re creating a ripple effect of joy and camaraderie that’s downright infectious! Something magical happens, and suddenly you’re not just working out, you’re forging connections that light up your soul. Studies have shown that exercising in a group can lead to greater feelings of social cohesion and belonging, making each workout feel like a celebration with your closest pals. So grab your workout buddy and get ready to conquer those burpees with a smile – together, anything is possible!

Find Your People

Finding your fitness community is about more than just showing up for a workout; it’s about finding your tribe, your squad, your people. Whether you’re dancing it out at SHiNE or lifting heavy at UPLIFT, every class feels like a family reunion with a killer playlist. But here’s the thing: your fitness community doesn’t have to be confined to the four walls of a studio. It can happen in-person OR online.

At SHiNE, we’re all about fostering that sense of connection, whether you’re sweating it out together at the gym or logging in for an online class from the comfort of your living room. Our accountability challenges keep you motivated and engaged, member requests are incorporated into online classes to ensure everyone feels seen and heard, and community members share #ShineySelfies after their workouts so we can celebrate our wins together. Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about the workout – it’s about the people who have your back and the bonds you’re building along the way. Our community is all about lifting each other up, cheering each other on, and sharing plenty of laughs along the way. (Not yet a member? Search for a class in your area or start your FREE 7-Day SHiNE Online trial today!)


As we lunge and lift our way through life, let’s remember the power of connection. Whether we’re trading fitness tips or swapping stories between sets, the bonds we form with our fitness family are what make this journey truly special. So let’s keep moving, keep laughing, and keep shining, because together, we’re unstoppable!

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