It's no longer enough to simply unwind by sitting back and relaxing. These days, we've swapped up massage beds for yoga mats and our shopping bags for boxing bags. We pummel away our stresses and pound the pavements, running away from our problems literally - or is that just me? Lol, #awks.
You know what's better than de-stressing with exercise? De-stressing with exercise, WITH a mate - mainly because when you fall flat on your arse mid-squat, there's someone there to pick you up again.
The smart people over at Danone are well aware of this, and alongside Broadly (Vice's very trendy feminist channel) have created a series of workout classes that you can sign up for in Shoreditch, for FREE.
While I work out on an almost daily basis in a group class (humble brag, soz), I rarely know anyone in the class. So, I went along to one of Danone's HIIT classes to rediscover the many positives of working out in a group, alongside a friend.
You can't bail
Once you've actually made it to a class, no one wants to be that person who walks out of a class. No one. Even if you know no one and certainly not if you have a friend in tow who will, without fail, embarrass you by telling other friends when you are least expecting it and most likely shoving down some sort of burger.
You can copy them when you get stuck
So, the great thing about a work out class is that you don't have to make up the work out what you're doing. The bad news is you have to follow whatever it is the class instructor says you should be doing.
You've turned away for literally FIVE seconds to glug down some water because make no mistake, you are about to keel over from dehydration and you've only gone and bloody missed the next move. Four pairs of eyes are better than two and it's a lot less awkward staring at your BFF trying to work out whether you're lunging backwards or forwards, or god forbid that weird curtsey one to the side, than it is at some randomer you don't know in front of you.
You've got someone to brunch with after
Who doesn't go in to an exercise class thinking about the food possibilities afterwards? Just me, again? Brunch is going to happen whether I do or don't make the class so better to make a mate date to go to the class followed by brunch then not, right? There's some logic to that somehow I'm sure.
Oh, and did I mention that they'll be there to pick you up when you fall?
Photographs by Elyse Kennedy
Danone and Broadly are hosting a series of workout classes at the Red Gallery on Rivington Street. You can sign up for the free classes here.