Cook with a friend – Split cooking time and costs, and have fun doing it! This can be a time saving way to hang out with your best bud and get your meal prepping done at the same time. They may even have different recipes that can spice up your routine.
Eat with a friend – Need a reminder to stop and eat lunch? You won’t if your bestie is waiting to eat with you! Make weekly dates with friends on a particular day and set goals such as bringing a different home-prepared meal or trying to build a full “ChooseMyPlate” meal in the dining hall incorporating all 5 food groups (fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, dairy).
Involve friends who are actually supportive – Find someone who will be right next to you on your journey and who inspires you, not who will police your eating habits and make you feel bad. This will help make your experience enjoyable, positive, and long lasting.
Find a workout buddy – Having a buddy to workout with will not only make your fitness journey more enjoyable, but will also help to hold you accountable to your plan. Schedule your workouts with your buddy ahead of time to help add some extra motivation on those long days where you would might be tempted to skip.
Connect with like-minded people – Finding people who are sharing the same fitness journey with you is a key to success. If you can find that with your current friends and family that is a great place to start, but don’t be afraid to reach outside your current circle to find the right support. An online message board or community can often be a great place to find people with similar goals and challenges that can help support you on your journey.
Join a fitness class – Getting social support doesn’t always need to come from people that you know beforehand. Group Fitness classes are a great way to gain motivation and help you adhere to your activity program. Not only are you in a room full of people who enjoy the same activity and potentially have the same fitness goals, but you also have a fitness professional to help give you advice, support, and motivation along the way as well. Who knows, you may even find a new friend and workout buddy! Check out the current Fitness Class schedule below!