Getting in shape is one of the best things you can do for yourself. The benefits are nearly endless, from increased energy to a sharper mind and greater self-esteem. One thing you can do to make your fitness routine even better is to make it more social.
Just because staying fit is something you do for yourself doesn’t mean you have to do it all by yourself. Joining or forming exercise groups of friends is a great way to make your fitness routine even more fulfilling.
Finding ways to work out with friends has a number of benefits. Adding a social element to your workouts helps make it more fun and something to look forward to. Another benefit is that you can do more exercises, particularly things that you can’t do alone. For example, if you are into boxing or martial arts, you can hit the heavy bag by yourself, but sparring with a partner adds another dynamic aspect to your workout.
Exercise groups also add the major benefit of accountability. Sometimes it can be hard to get up and go to the gym, but if you have someone meeting you there, that accountability will give you the extra motivation to follow through with your plans. Also, as you work out together, you can push each other forward and challenge yourselves more than you might if you work out alone.
Of course, the major obstacle standing between you and working out with a group is actually finding that group. But don’t worry, there are a number of ways you can find workout friends.
First, you can take classes in activities you want to pursue. Boxing classes, for example, are great for meeting people with similar interests. You can make friends in class, and then start working out together either at the boxing gym or elsewhere.
Another strategy is to sign up for a sports league, like softball or volleyball. Playing on a team together is a great way to make friends. There are also more direct ways you can search for workout friends. You can search online boards like sites that link up tennis partners or running partners. You can also do it the old-fashioned way and talk to someone you often see at the gym. While it might be intimidating, you already have working out in common, so why not give it a try?
Once you have a group of friends to exercise with, you will really feel the benefits. Not only will you enjoy the workout benefits, but your new friendships can grow as well while you bond over your shared fitness interests.