The Social Benefits of Being Active

Living an active life isn't just about the physical outcomes. There can also be many social benefits such as spending time with a friend, getting to know your co-workers better, or meeting new people. By involving others in your activity, you're more likely to make it a habit and enhance your social life as well!

Ways to add a social component to your activity:

  • Run a race with a friend. Have you always wanted to run a race, but couldn't motivate yourself to train? Sign up with a friend. Not only will you be motivated to push each other, but you will also have someone else to share and celebrate your accomplishment with at the end.
  • Attend a group fitness class. Need to meet new people, but not sure how? Group fitness classes can be a great way to meet others. Whether you're looking for fellow yogis or Zumba friends, there are generally classes for all interests and ages.
  • Exercise with co-workers. Especially if you work at a desk most of the day, guaranteed you aren't the only one who wants to get out and move more. Invite co-workers to go walking during lunch, or set up a fitness challenge in the office. You will all benefit from the exercise and get to know each other better!
  • Adventure outside with a group. Instead of a weekly girls or guys night out, try a weekly hike or bike ride with a local club or organization. Exploring new areas and getting outdoors is a great way to socialize and be active at the same time.

No matter what your age, fitness level, or stage of life, incorporating physical activity can be a great way to meet others and socialize with friends.