Did you know your yoga classmate is part of a support community that’s a powerful success factor when it comes to your health and fitness goals? According to a recent industry study by IHRSA, people who don’t participate in group workouts are more likely to drop out of their gym workout completely.
It’s not just because he or she is a good partner. Anyone who’s made a change in his or her routine knows that it can be hard to buck the status quo at home or with friends. Sometimes you need support for the changes you’re making—even just a familiar face can remind that your work toward your best self also benefits the people around you.
The good news is that building a supportive crew isn’t complicated. You just need to make a move.
- Define It
What does “community” mean to you? What would your life be like if you had a support system to catch you when you trip up, or guide you when you need it? One fun way to find out is to register for an obstacle race team such as Atlas. A little sweat, some laughs and a helping hand to pull you out of the mud will lead to new and lasting friendships.
- Seek It
Make a point to be open to support, and it will become obvious—although it may come from unexpected places. Take a class or join Training Club 24 and meet like-minded people who are committed to a healthy, fit lifestyle. Show up to sessions early and be the connector who helps introduce class members to each other.
- Make It Happen
Develop “intentional relationships” with people who will support you, energize you, and encourage you to be accountable step-by-step, as you move toward your goals. Sign up for something new—like a cooking class—and learn something you didn’t know. We form strong bonds when we go from beginner to expert, together.
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A Little Help from Some Friends
“When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else…you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Intentional relationships make us more productive, creative, and useful than we can be on our own.” – Michael Hyatt
“Act boldy and unseen forces will come to assist you.” – Dorothea Brande