10 social ways to stay fit
We all know that staying fit is important, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time or motivation to get active and be healthy. And with a busy social life, it can be tough to find ways to stay fit that also fit into your schedule. The good news is that you can easily incorporate exercise and healthy habits into your social life and get involved in activities that will allow you to meet new people and make friends. In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to stay fit while having fun! In this blog post, we list our favourite social ways to stay fit.
1. Join a running club or hiking group
If you’re looking for a way to get active and meet new people, joining a running or hiking group is the perfect solution. These groups are usually very welcoming, and there’s always someone who is happy to show beginners the ropes. Not only will you get some exercise, but you’ll also have opportunities to explore new places and make some friends along the way.
2. Attend weekly Zumba or Yoga classes
Many gyms offer weekly Zumba or Yoga classes where you can get together with one of your friends, meet some new people and work up a sweat. Dance-based exercise is great for those who want to be social while exercising, as it isn’t too competitive but still offers the chance to burn off a few calories. And Yoga is a great way to relax and de-stress, which can be especially helpful if you have a busy week ahead.
3. See what activities your community centre has to offer
Most communities have a community centre that offers a range of different classes, from dance to martial arts – you will be surprised at the range of options you can choose from to stay fit and healthy with other locals! Community centres are usually very affordable and welcoming, so it’s the perfect place to try out something new or meet some new people.
4. Take your dog for a walk around the neighbourhood every day
One of the best (and easiest) ways to get active is to take your dog for a walk around the neighbourhood. Not only will you get some exercise, but you’ll also have an opportunity to chat with your neighbours and catch up on the local news. And if you don’t own a dog, why not offer to walk a friend’s dog for a while? It’s a great way to get some exercise and make new friends.
5. Meet friends for weekend brunch instead of happy hour
Instead of meeting your friends for drinks after work, why not meet them for a healthy brunch at the weekend? Not only will you get some exercise before lunch (by walking to the restaurant), but you’ll also have some time to catch up with each other and chat about what’s going on in your lives. And if it’s a nice sunny day, why not go and walk off the calories together afterwards?
6. Find a friend who is also interested in staying fit and set goals together
One of the best ways to stay motivated when it comes to fitness is to find a friend who is also interested in staying fit, and set goals together. This way, you can support each other when things get tough and celebrate your successes together. Plus, working out with a friend is always more fun than doing it on your own! You can share tips and advice and even compete against each other to make things interesting.
7. Join an online forum or social media group devoted to fitness or nutrition
Online forums are a great way to connect with other people who share your interests and goals. You can ask for advice, read about other peoples’ experiences and success stories, and even make friends! If you’re looking for support or motivation when it comes to being healthy, joining an online forum is the perfect solution.
There are also a number of social media groups devoted to fitness and nutrition, which can be a great way to connect with like-minded people. You can ask questions, find advice and support, and even set up challenges with other group members.
8. Attend fitness retreats and events in your area
If you’re looking for a more intense fitness experience, why not attend a fitness retreat or event in your area? These events are usually hosted by experts and offer a range of different activities, from dance classes to hiking. Plus, they’re a great way to meet new people who share your interests! You’ll have the opportunity to learn new things, challenge yourself and have a lot of fun.
9. Set up a health challenge with your friends and family
If you’re feeling really ambitious, why not set up a health challenge with your friends and family? You could compete to see who comes up with the tastiest healthy recipe, or who can meet their daily steps goal every day for a week. The possibilities are endless! Just make sure that everyone is comfortable with the level of competition before starting.
10. Sign up for an organised race or challenge with a friend
If you’re looking for a more structured way to get fit, why not sign up for an organised race or challenge? These events usually have a set time frame (usually between four and eight weeks) and involve completing a range of different fitness activities. They’re a great way to push yourself and see how far you can go, and they’re also a lot of fun to train for with a friend!
Before you get started
Before you start with any new exercise routine, it’s good to get an idea of where your health is at right now. A consultation with your GP or private health assessment will help you to feel confident that you are ready to get started.
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