I have met some of my best friends while being involved with fitness, both as a class-goer and as a fitness instructor and there is no doubt that the friendship and the camaraderie has always kept me going back for more.
Meeting people while you are doing a fitness activity gets your friendship off to a great start as you have that shared interest and the support of being ‘in it together’. But you also have the added endorphins that follow a workout, making you feel great and so that feeling is associated with those people meaning that fitness friendships can be formed quicker. Doing exercise helps you spend time with energised people who are also on a journey and you can’t help but get swept up in it.
Fitness buddies have helped me forget that I found activities hard! When I first started running, I had a running date every week with a friend. We’d chat and gossip our way around and spur each other on when we thought we couldn’t make it up the hill. This friendship was so valuable as I wanted to see her and catch up on the week that was – and we were getting fit at the same time!
I’ve been lucky in that teaching fitness has given me fitness friends who have become great friends. Taking that early morning spinning class helped me meet one of my dear partners in crime when we realised that we lived just across the road from each other. I love teaching fitness and meeting people through fitness, however it makes me a terrible business women because it inevitably gets to the point when don’t want to charge them!
Doing a regular group fitness can quickly turn into fitness with friends when you see the same people at each class, standing in the same spot. For me, doing a Les Mills class was a life changer – not just for my improved fitness but because of the effect the people I met I had on me. The weekly camaraderie led to socialising outside of the fitness studio and then to adventures! I now didn’t just have fitness friends, but adventure fitness friends!
We planned our first trip to the South West to learn how to surf. Surfing was something I’d always wanted to do but until that point I didn’t have the confidence or the friends who wanted to try it with me. But that very first trip led to a very special time in my life as then we kept going on adventures over the next few years and seeing new places – each time we jumped in the car and headed off, it felt exhilarating!
Once I had seen and had the taste for a different lifestyle, I knew I had to reconsider everything. My current situation wasn’t fulfilling, me but again I still didn’t have the confidence in myself to make a bigger change. But then I met my husband…however fitness partners is a whole other blog!
Developing fitness friends is a very positive thing, not least because it will motivate you to stick to a fitness routine – even if it is just going to one class a week. They will support you, give you confidence and encouragement. Fitness friends will help you reach goals and take on challenges that you never thought you would try. Fitness friends help you take a break from what is currently going on in your life Afterall, you never feel silly doing something new when you do it together!