Whether you’re just getting started with a walking program or preparing for a triathlon, getting your friends and family into the game may be just what you need to take your training to the next level.
Working out with a friend isn’t a new idea — but it’s a tried and true way to stay on track. Knowing that someone is expecting you to show up for a run or a fitness class keeps you accountable — and that alone may be enough to get you out the door. Many people simply have more fun when exercising with a friend — they enjoy a friendly visit while working up a good sweat.
Studies show that social support can take many forms, and usually falls into one of four types:
Emotional support. Encouragement and acceptance
Whether it’s in-person, on the phone, or online. Receiving this type of support is a key benefit of participating in a group fitness class like Club Sweat’s 28 Day Fitness Challenge
Getting a ride to the gym or having someone watch your kids while you get active.
Healthcare professionals, certified personal trainers, sport-specific magazines and reliable websites are all sources of information support — helping you separate facts from hype and learn what you need to know to optimize your physical activity plan. That’s why at Club Sweat we start with a comprehensive goal setting session to start you on the right foot!
No matter what your fitness objective, periodically evaluating your progress is essential to make sure you’re on track. What’s working well — and what’s not? What changes are needed to boost your performance? At Club Sweat, the first week of every month is reassessment week to make sure you are on track with your goals.
Hang With Active People
The theory “you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with” and at Club Sweat we believe no truer words have been spoken. A recent study out of the University of Georgia reveals that people tend to mimic the behavior of others around them. Subjects experienced a greater level of self-control when surrounded by others with strong self-control. Researchers concluded that self-control — or lack of it — is contagious. The bottom line? If you’re serious about leading an active, healthy lifestyle, foster friendships with like-minded people. And select a workout community who shows a strong commitment to achieving personal fitness goals
Activate Your Social Life
But it’s not all about making your workouts more social — it also involves making your social life more physically active. Meet friends for a bike ride or a pickup basketball game instead of dinner and a movie. Invite another family to join yours on a trip to the zoo, a day hike, or a walk around Stanley Park.
Having a strong social network has been linked in multiple studies to reduced health risks, better quality of life, and even longevity.
Leverage the power of social support to improve your training and increase your odds of sticking with it. Set yourself up for success by discovering the types of support that work best for you —keeping in mind that your needs may change as you transition through different life stages. With a good community and guidance, you’ll build a network of support to catch you when you stumble — and cheer you on every step of the way.
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Or join our 28 Day Fitness Kickstart Challenge and workout with like-minded people in Club Sweat’s non-intimidating, fun, friendly atmosphere.