It occurred to me recently that my favourite way to keep fit is social exercise. This may come as no surprise to you as I’m a fitness instructor, therefore I must enjoy, exercise and being with people. But I like nothing more than social fitness, the kind where you get to catch up with each others lives, have fun, support each other, push each other and spend a quality time that also benefits health.
This has become more apparent to me recently, perhaps down to the dark winter nights and that I live in an area that some would regard remote, that I have found it harder to work on my own fitness. It turns out, that I also need motivation to go out training – I’m more motivated when I’m going to do an activity with someone, social fitness!
I went through a phase when I went to the gym a lot. Breaking this down, the gym was a complete social occasion to me. It enabled me to spend time with different people and have a camaraderie that was addictive. If I didn’t go, I’d feel like I was missing out. But perhaps it wasn’t all about whether I’d be losing fitness, but rather whether I was missing out of the social interaction. The physical fitness was an added benefit.
It is easy to talk about how to fit exercise into your week, but motivation for fitness can at times feel like an endurance. For me, I’ve realised that I can find it hard if I have to be entirely self motivated to do a workout. So perhaps the first question we should ask of ourselves is whether we prefer doing activities alone or with people, and take this into account when deciding what type of fitness works for our lifestyle.
I can and and do workout alone, but my favorite exercise, by far is social exercise. I’d rather have a gym buddy, some surf friends, class mates, a beach gang, a tennis crowd or a walking group! I’m so grateful for the people in my life that are keen to be active and those that allow me to share the buzz. Teaching fitness to me has never felt like work to me, because in my mind, what could be better than social exercise.