1. Take a Fitness Class Together
Get your sweat on! Ask a friend to join you for a yoga, spin or any group fitness class you've been wanting to try (boxing, anyone?). Working out is more fun with a friend - and it may push you to try a little harder during those tougher reps! For some quality one-on-one time afterwards, grab a smoothie together.
2. Go to a Concert
Seeing live music is a great way to spend time with someone new. In a concert setting, there is less pressure to make constant conversation - a relief for the introverts among us! Concerts are a great opportunity to introduce your new friend to something you love, or bond over something you already have in common. Bonus: dancing is great exercise!
Not sure where to turn for an up-to-date and comprehensive list of shows? We suggest downloading the Bandsintown app to see who's playing in your city on any given day.
3. Gallery Hop
Feed your creative side with an afternoon of art. Map out a few galleries and spend an afternoon with a friend jumping from one to the next, chatting about what you like (or don't) and why. Up for a challenge? Set a step goal - aim for 10,000!
4. Plan a Picnic
Warm weather is around the corner, and after a long winter hibernating, there's no better place to be than outside. Pick up some healthy noms you love, ask your friend to do the same, and meet for lunch in your favorite park. Feeling creative? Make it a potluck and recipe swap. Nothing brings people together like snacks and sunshine.
Try out a few of these and let us know how they go! Want to take it to the next level? Grab a friend and sign up for a fitness retreat! Whether a weekend getaway for workouts and wine in the North Fork or a week of sunshine, site seeing and sweating in Europe, you can't beat the mix of workouts, fun activities and relaxing down time!
1. Read up.
Researching and reading up on your new fitness routine doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it should excite you to hit the ground running. Research can include looking at fitness photos on Instagram, reading tips and advice from expert trainers, and talking to friends who have tried similar workouts. Learning some of the ropes ahead of time will acquaint you with any special gear or clothing you might need. Reading up can also help you set realistic short-term goals for yourself, making your long-term goals more reachable. There are beginner and intermediate modifications for almost activity type, so don’t feel like you have to be a pro on your first day.
2. Remember that no one is watching you.
When you’re new to something, it’s so easy to feel like all eyes are on you. Especially if your new workout is something that involves sequences or coordination (like barre, Zumba, or yoga), you can feel like you’re out of sync with the regulars, and therefore, like you stand out. Here’s the good news: everyone is watching themselves, not you! Even if you’re working out in front of a mirror, there’s an unspoken rule in the fitness community that you focus on yourself, not comparing yourself to those around you. Everyone, including you, is doing their own best.
4. Combine a new workout with a new experience.
Often, the best way to spark a new fitness obsession is to go all in. It can be easy to let your reservations keep you on the sidelines, but at some point you have to say yes to giving it a try. Workshops, vacations, and fitness retreats are a great way to immerse yourself in a new activity. The positive, supportive, and relaxing vibe of a retreat can foster a lifelong love affair with your new activity or routine, and you’ll be surrounded by both fitness professionals who are knowledgeable and new friends who are enthusiastic about learning alongside you.
Gemma Leghorn is a writer, editor and outdoor fitness devotee. She loves running, hiking, snowshoeing, and yoga.