Social support is one of most beneficial factors in maintaining your health and wellness goals. According to Dr. Adam Shafran and Lee Kantor, also known as Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy, the presence of like-minded people who share your interests and celebrate in your successes significantly impacts all aspects of your well-being. Having a fitness partner can help get you through a rough time, ensure you stay on schedule, and give you a collective goal to work toward – like a team!
Have you found your support network yet? Finding a strong community can be challenging, but we have a couple ideas for you to get started:
Grab A Workout Buddy
It could be as simple as making a deal with one other person. Have you seen a local friend post sweaty selfies on social networks? Talk to them about working out together. Maybe one of your buddies is in the same boat as you are, and you could each benefit from some fitness nudging. Nothing will make you tackle your program more than a friend holding you accountable. If you find someone who is doing what you want to do, or has the same interests and is ready to start moving, make a plan and make it happen.
Join A Training Team
Need more organized inspiration? A training team may be perfect to help you stick to your workout schedule. There are many different types of teams you can join so find something that motivates you. Whether it’s a philanthropic team, short term training for a certain event, group sports team, or diet focused gang, there is sure to be one that speaks to you. Ask around at work, in your social groups, or you can do an Internet search to match up your fitness interests with an organization. There’s another aspect to sweating with strangers – you get the chance to reinvent yourself a little bit. Never been a runner or triathlete? Just by joining a group and committing to reoccurring workouts you’ll become one.
Create A Healthy Cooking Club
Abs are made in the kitchen, so #fitfuel plays a big role in training for a fitness event. Invite the cooks in your life to meet once a month and learn to prepare a new healthy meal together. Or, even better, meet once a week and cook dishes like healthy soups, stews, and casseroles to freeze and reheat for lunches and dinners the rest of the week. Check out some of our healthy recipes to get your taste buds watering.
Social media and online forums can help you connect with people that motivate you to stay on track. Share your nutrition goals, ask for advice, and trade tips on our Facebook page. There are also many online programs that help you track your nutrition and exercise.
Surround yourself with people who support you in reaching your goals, and be that support system for someone else.
Has a workout buddy helped you keep on track? Tell us your stories in the comments below!