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Best Ways to Make Exercise Social


Updated April 09, 2014

Best Ways to Make Exercise Social

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Exercise is Fun
Exercise can be a great way to improve both your physical and social health. Exercise, when we were kids, was called “play” and it was something fun we did with our friends. Try to make sure your exercise habit includes a social element – don’t just go to the gym, work out, leave and not talk to anyone. Instead, put social interactions into some of your weekly exercise routines. This will keep you motivated to keep exercising and provide an opportunity to meet new people.

Best Ways to Make Exercise Social

  • Play a Sport: Joining a team sport is a great way to meet people and bond with them. Team sports lead to great stories and social interaction. From bowling to rugby, a team sport will have you meet and working together with 10 or more other people. Team sports also will have you committing to a whole season of exercise and physical activity. Pick a sport that’s right for you, check out local community centers and find yourself a team to play for.
  • Find a Buddy: Exercising with another person can help motivate you and make your workouts more interesting. Find someone who is dependable and you like to be with to go to the gym together, run on weekends with or go out for a bike ride with.
  • Exercise for Charity: 5Ks, bike rides and other events are great fundraisers for charity. You’ll meet hundreds of people, get some exercise and raise some money for a good cause. Once you get into the world of charity fundraisers, you’ll be amazed how many people you meet.
  • Join a Class: Group fitness classes are also a great way to meet people and add a social element to your workout. Find a class that you enjoy, and show up a little early. Ask questions of the people there and get advice on how to do some of the exercises. You’ll be looking forward to your exchanges with other classmates and with the instructor.

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