How to Use Exercise to Make Friends in a New City

Moving is tough in general, but moving as an adult can bring on so many more emotions. While it’s exciting to walk a new path and start things over with a clean slate, making friends when you’re not heading to school on a big yellow bus every day can seem daunting, to say the least. We suggest swapping that yellow bus for regular trips to class and you will be making friends in no time.

Incorporate lots of group classes into your schedule

Group classes, versus just hopping on the treadmill at a gym and immediately putting your earbuds in, are so much more social. It’s a great outside-of-the-office way to feel a part of something bigger with a group of people who have the same goal in mind: to have an epic sweat sesh.

Ask questions during class

We get it: there’s not always a lot of opportunity for questions during class, but the moment your instructor asks if there are any, don’t hesitate to speak up. Whether you’re curious about your form, if you’re doing a specific move correctly, or even if they can recommend a great juice bar for after class — we guarantee the same question has crossed someone else’s mind, too. Being vocal with your question opens up a dialogue for conversation with other students and the friendship opportunities are endless from there!

Get to class 10 minutes early

Getting to class early, instead of running late and squeezing in at the back of the studio, allows you to not only get acclimated to the area, but also the people. It gives you time to warm up, but also to get chatty with the other students before class. It’s a great chance to make a friend.

Find a workout buddy

Once you get comfortable with a class and a new studio, you will probably be much more comfortable striking up conversation with another student, before or after class. Use that time to be bold and see if they want to try a new class with you or if you can help each other be accountable for getting to class. People who workout together should support each other.

Grab a local smoothie after class

Many studios have a smoothie or juice bar where you can grab a quick refresher after class, and others have great, healthy options nearby. Check them out and see if you recognize any familiar faces from class.

Attend the same classes regularly

Most people, just like you, go to a certain class because it fits in with your schedule — and they are probably there a lot. Find a class that you love and start attending regularly and chances are, you’ll start seeing the same people. Once you all fall into this routine, you’ll start to feel like you know one another — which can lead to great friendships outside of class.

Don’t overlook the instructors!

We might sit in awe every class of the energy and skills that our instructors have, but at the end of the day, they’re all people just like us. When they ask your feedback after class, don’t hesitate to give it to them. You never know — you might just have more in common with them than a love for fitness.

Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!