Regardless of how much you love exercise, sometimes it can get tough when you’re going it alone. Even the most die-hard runner or cyclist can occasionally benefit from the motivation, mentality and social atmosphere of a community.
With all the benefits you can enjoy when exercising with others, it’s not surprising that you might want to find a fitness community in your area. You don’t have to live in a big city to enjoy the benefits of a great group—here’s how you can find an active local community.
From Google to social media sites and beyond, the internet is a surprisingly effective tool for finding fitness groups. Websites like MeetUp.com are made specifically for connecting people in real life and sports and fitness are a big section of the site. Whatever your active passion, you should be able to find a community close to home by using the internet.
Hit the Gym
While your normal gym routine might mean logging miles on the treadmill, there is also the opportunity to meet up with a community—or to start your own. Group fitness classes, special events or simply socializing with people at the gym can help get you into, or help you kick start, a community.
Active co-workers, family and friends are great resources for finding teams and clubs. A simple conversation about your interests or what you do with your free time is often enough to find a common thread or land an invite to a game or event.
Try New Things
You might find a few local communities that feature sports you’ve never heard of or wouldn’t normally think to try, but it’s key to be open to new things. Taking a chance on a different type of activity will help you become well-rounded, it could help you meet new friends and you might even discover a new passion.
Just Say Yes
Whenever you’re considering going to an event or taking someone up on an invite, just say yes. You never know who you’ll meet or what sport you might like. One of the most important things you can do in terms of finding a fitness community is being open to actually getting out there and getting involved.