As much as fitness clubs and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (formerly the SGMA) would like you to think otherwise … fitness is FREE (because getting fit requires nothing more than just “two feet and a heartbeat”). You don’t need a gym membership to get physically fit or get results (i.e., lose weight, get stronger, build muscle, etc.). You don’t even need to purchase any fancy equipment to make positive changes to your physical shape or your long term health and wellness). But … what fitness clubs and recreation centers can do in helping people get results (because working out by yourself can’t do) is it provides a social support system and community.
But, for those of you who are conscious of budget, there are other ways to connect with a community of like-minded people (free fitness groups) who are also wanting to get fit and improve their health and wellness … it just takes a bit of extra work and ingenuity. All it takes is a little bit of thought, some time to research and the confidence to reach out and meet new people.
Friends and Family
The people in our lives who are “typically” the most supportive of our goals and dreams … are your friends and family members. This should be the first place you go when identifying the people who will support and join you in your fitness journey! These individuals are the ones who will not only be the ones who will genuinely help you succeed, they are also the easiest ones to approach with your request.
The next group of people who you already have a relationship with (and who are in your circle of influence) are the people in your workplace (or your school, college, university). You already know them and they know you. You already have open communication with them or they would speak with you should you approach them. It’s easier to approach them with an opportunity to exercise and get fit than a complete stranger.
If you are unable to identify someone in your direct circle of influence (i.e., friends, family or colleagues) you can also look to social groups that you and your friends are a part of (i.e., church, community center, Girl Guides/Boy Scouts, recreation league, etc.). These people already come together with a common goal and/or interest and already community/group oriented. You may not know everyone in the social group (i.e., had one-on-one or face-to-face communications) but if you were to approach any of them … they would engage in conversation with you and they may have something in common with you.
For those of you who may be new to your area or may not have people in your social circles who may be interested in participating in the physical activities you are interested in or who are looking to reach the same fitness goal as you (i.e., lose weight, build muscle, prepare for your first triathlon). There are other ways to connect with others to support and inspire your journey.
Meetup.com (Meetup) is the world’s largest network of local groups (groups of people who get together because they have something in common). Meetup is a platform that makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group … or find one of the thousands of people already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
It’s easy to create a Meetup account (which is FREE) and look for community groups in your local area that are meeting and working out and exercising together. Meetup events are listed to include the 5 W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why … and How) of events in your area.
Final Thoughts About FREE Fitness Groups
We, as human beings, are social beings and we thrive on the support and acceptance of others. Now that you have a goal, (most likely) a workout program or exercise regime/schedule and are ready to get going … it’s time to find the final piece to you success. Find the people who will give you the motivation, support and emotional/psychological tools to reach your health and fitness goal(s)! Take the time, thought and effort to find the RIGHT people to include in your fitness circle of support … and get away from the people and influences that will sabotage your results.
The choice is yours!