Going to the gym to workout is a fantastic way to destress and grab some quiet time for yourself while getting fit at the same time. I’ve been a solitary gym-goer for years and love that I can concentrate on myself for 45-minutes and clear my head. However, recently I’ve really come round to the idea of group exercise classes and working out with friends.
One thing that originally put me off working out with friends is the thought of being distracted and not putting 100% into the workout. Since starting my weekly Pilates classes, I’ve really surprised myself at my ability to get the best workout from my class but still have fun at the same time.
Exercising with friends has a lot of benefits, number one being that there is always someone there to motivate you when you are finding things tough. The advantages of group exercises can also be extended to a larger population of people and help create new friendships and bring a community together. There are many ways that a local community can get active together, have fun, create memories and form lasting connections.
Cycling is one of the most popular ways to get fit and healthy in of the UK. Joining a club is a wonderful way to get into cycling and meet new people. There are many cycling clubs in the country each with a different focus, depending on what you are looking to achieve.
Parkrun are free local events that are open to everyone to take part in no matter what their running ability, they’re perfect for a mixed community. You can check out your local parkrun on the page and even suggest a new parkrun location if there isn’t one nearby. I really fancy trying one out myself after finishing my C25K program – they really do look like so much fun!
There are lots of planned walks or ramblers routes already mapped out up and down the country. Getting your community involved in walking is a fantastic way to see the local landmarks and countryside and get fit and healthy at the same time. You can find your local walking group that your community could join or even better, set up your own group.
Sports days don’t have to be just for school children, they are great events that can bring a whole community together and cover a whole range of different sports, so there is something to suit everyone. This would be a great way to raise money for local charities or facilities in your local community and would attract lots of people to help out.
How active is your community? Are there any community exercise groups that you are involved with?
*Post commissioned by Toothpick, but all opinions are my own