Do you want to be more successful in achieving your fitness goals? Try working out with a friend! Having a workout buddy generates support, encouragement and accountability. You’re less likely to skip an early morning run if you know someone is counting on you, and when the workout gets tough, you have each other for support. Let’s not forget about the biggest advantage—working out with someone is FUN! With a workout buddy you’re laughing, playing and enjoying the workout more than if you had done it alone.
Finding a great workout partner can be a challenge. Where should you look? Here are some great ways to find people to add to your fitness support system.
Join a gym that is focused on community
This is a very positive trend in the fitness industry. There are some great gyms that focus on creating a collective experience. You get to know everyone and they get to know you. They celebrate your accomplishments and you celebrate theirs. Be sure to try out a class or two at a gym before making a commitment. This will help you decide if the community they offer is a good fit for you.
Play a sport
Most recreational leagues will help you find a team if you want to play a sport. Many also have all levels of play, so you can find the right fit for your ability level. This is a great way to meet some new people with similar interests.
Join a club
There are so many clubs that can help support you in your goals. You will also meet some great people who may want to train for an event with you.
Take a look at your current group of friends and coworkers
Maybe there is someone who is a perfect fit that you already know! It doesn’t hurt to start asking!
Whatever your fitness goals are, find a community that helps support you. You are more likely to be successful and you will have fun in the process.