Keeping fit is a goal-oriented process that involves a number of routines that sometimes work together; exercise, a healthy diet, and regular medical checkup. It can be quite a challenge to start, stay in a routine and stay motivated, especially if you are a parent, a student or have a tasking job. This is why people are often advised to join fitness groups to improve their individual efficiency.
The benefits of being part of a fitness group
- It makes things fun
The more the merrier. Take walking for instance, doing it alone is not as much fun as walking with another person, and this doesn’t mean you have to talk through the walk. It’s almost like shared energy. Being in a group could also mean shared recipes, success stories, motivation, and enthusiasm. The fitness journey doesn’t have to be lonely or boring.
Accountability will keep you in check. It is often easier to flunk out or cut corners when no one else is watching. A fitness group will mean that you’ll be pushing at the same goal with another person or group of people and you’ll all be paying attention to details.
- Healthy competition
Some time ago, I was part of a walking challenge group. We had our defined targets every day and got into it. After a while, our targets had been reached and was just fine for us, allowing us to relax a bit. Out of the blue, one of us accomplished twice the target distance in one day. That was the fuel to our flame.
A healthy completion will not push you too hard, it will push you just enough. Being in a group means you don’t have to compete with your past records and expectations. That can be hard, hard work.
The challenge for you could be that there’s no fitness group around you or the ones available are too big or do not have a goal that aligns with yours. You can create a fitness group and use the following points as guidelines.
Creating a fitness group that works
Yes, you read that right; a fitness group that works! There is no point being in a fitness group that is ineffective towards its main goal; keeping fit or losing weight.
- Carefully identify group members
You need to make sure the people you invite into the group have the same fitness goals as you to ensure proper alignment within the group. It is pointless to form a group with people who have different interests. Identify these people, tell them about your idea and make sure they are motivated and ready to work.
- Clearly define the purpose of the group
It is important to be clear to yourself and others about the purpose the group. It places everyone on the same page. It is also an opportunity to answer questions and figure out what part of your plan may need to be adjusted or added to.
- Select a leader
Whether by appointment or by voting, every group needs a leader, someone to make sure the team stays on course and ensure organization within the group. This person will keep track of the group’s activities and monitor its progress. The leader can be a human rally point, forming an effective network within the team.
- Set significant and measurable goals
The group may comprise of people who are at different levels in their fitness game. You can put together a team that ensures that goals and tasks apply to every member of the team so that no one is left out. Make sure goals can be measured. Keeping fit is a goal but it cannot be measured in clear terms. A one-hour aerobics session four times a week is a measurable goal.
Also, try to set short-term goals and encourage members to set personal goals. Remember that a group is supposed to improve individual efficiency.
- Have motivating and fun activities
Get involved in or create charity challenges, marathons, fitness events and so on. Group activities do not always have to be rigid. You could try fun things that stay on the healthy course.
For instance, you could have smoothie-making sessions every now and then where someone or some people can make their favorite smoothie recipes for everyone else. You could also have people share their experiences and challenges, success stories and strong points. It would help some people identify with others with similar challenges and give opportunities to help each other. Basically, create fun activities outside exercising.
- Create a workout zone
You don’t have to have a gym in your neighborhood to work out. Use the open spaces, sidewalks, and parks. You can also get affordable gym equipment as a group.
- Keep track of progress
It is important to keep track of your activities and progress. After setting and writing down goals, you need to follow up on the pace, attendance, the routines and effectiveness of the process of achieving these goals. It helps to measure your success and tailor your future goals. Make use of fitness journals, measurements tapes, and weight scales. Do evaluations and hold group meetings regularly.
- Celebrate victories and communicate
Crossed finished lines, achieved group or individual goals and all the other possible victories should be acknowledged and celebrated. Take time out to grab coffee together or make a toast when you should.
Invest in communication. Every group thrives on communication. Create platforms for sharing thoughts and ideas. Remember to check up on people when they are down.
- Leave room for growth
Hitting targets and achieving goals is very important and adds to motivating people. It is important, however, to allow for people to grow, learn and build themselves up.
A fitness group should be a checkmate system for everyone involved. It could also be a support group that livens up the fitness journey. Teamwork is crucial. Remember that together, everyone achieves more.