Whether you are just getting started on your fitness journey, or you have been an avid gym goer for years, it is never a bad time to join group fitness classes near you. Did you know, according to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that children and adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of the two? That may sound intimidating, but that can easily be knocked out with two to three group fitness sessions a week, depending on the intensity of the classes. This is only an hour out of your day several times a week, and it can have a huge improvement on your health and quality of life. To drive the point home, here are 5 reasons why group fitness is essential to your workout routine.