By guest author Jessica SocheskiFinding balance between work and staying healthy proves to be a monumental task. Exercise and nutrition become less of a priority when we focus on career development. However, instead of dedicating all your energy to work, try to set aside a little time to exercise and cook a well-balanced meal. The extra hour spent at the gym or at a yoga class will impact your life tremendously.
Creating a social fitness plan will reshape and transform your perspective on exercise. Fitness often leaves individuals feeling isolated and bored. That’s why group fitness classes, adult sports leagues, and personal trainers gained popularity over time. Exercising with others is more enjoyable.
Every person needs an exercise support system. This support could include another person or a group of people. These useful tips will help you create a new social exercise plan and achieve a healthy body you deserve.
1. Community Recreational Facilities
Do you remember the days when you could run around for hours outside? The local pickup basketball games lasted until the sun went down and mom called you in. You never lacked the energy needed for school and exercise.
Why run away from the past when it may present the best opportunity to invest in fitness? When considering a gym, start by visiting the local community recreational facilities. This could include a boys & girls club or YMCA. See what your community has to offer.
There are endless possibilities for social exercise. Community rec centers typically host open gyms for basketball games, meeting spots for group fitness, swimming pools, weight lifting equipment, and flyers for adult sport leagues.
Your community is the greatest exercise resource. You’ll meet individuals like yourself who love to work, exercise, and have fun. With the abundance of options to choose from, you’ll rarely be struck with boredom.
2. Find an Exercise Buddy
Choosing a good exercise buddy gives you motivation to maintain discipline. Think of the friends, neighbors or colleagues who might be interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle with you. If work/life balance is of an issue to you then it might be smart to find an exercise partner outside your work environment.
This separation is a healthy strategy for finding that middle ground or balance between work and personal time. After all, you don’t want gossip or work discussions to follow you everywhere. This will drive stress up and distract you.
Unlike a group fitness class where you might remain anonymous due to the class size, a fitness buddy constantly focuses on you. This person pushes you to run a little further, checks your form constantly, and provides a little healthy competition for encouragement.
It’s easier to meet your health goals with a coach or a buddy by your side. There are even virtual exercise coaches who help motivate people to exercise.
3. Participate in Sports
It’s never too late to relive your youth. Adult sport leagues offer the perfect opportunity to feel like a kid again. You’ll look forward to the league soccer match-up all day at work.
Adult sport leagues create a healthy environment where exercise and socializing blend together. Friends you make on football, soccer, basketball, or softball teams will go beyond the playing fields.
Sports provide the best chance to run around with friends, engage in fun competition, while letting you destress from work.
Benefits of Social Exercise
The overall benefits of exercise are difficult to ignore.
- People who spend at least an hour daily immersed in physical activity will feel more energized and happier.
- Exercise relieves stress.
- Social exercise improves your stress resilience and helps you stay happier every day.
- Establishing a social exercise plan may present the best option for tackling any of your bad unhealthy habits and finding a balance within your life.
If you are focused on improving your quality of life, it’s vitally important to utilize all of the available resources for fitness, nutrition, and health. If you don’t know where to get started you can always consult your doctor who will guide your new fitness plan.
Take a moment today to research the ways how you can create a habit of social exercise.
- Make a list of people who can be your fitness buddies.
- Make a list of sports that you would like to play.
- Find an online community that will keep you accountable and encourage your exercise habit.
- Put exercise on your calendar and don’t let anything else take its place.
Jessica Socheski is a freelance journalist who enjoys sharing fitness tips. She’s now researching the best wellness plans and great doctors who provide comprehensive care. Connect with her on Twitter.
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