As humans, we need love, food, water, clothes, shelter, sleep, exercise, sex (there is much food for speculation on the last one)…you know, the basics. But did you know social connections ranks right up there? We absolutely need strong connections and good social support to flourish. Research shows that people with strong social bonds are happier, have better immunity, experience less stress and live longer. Don’t we attract to us the thoughts of others of the same order of thought? or maybe not.
Not only are we happier when with others, but sweating together also releases oxytocin, a brain chemical that primes you to gel with your fellow gym-goers. The exercise habit may be new-born, having friends at the gym, whether it’s a favorite instructor or class regulars, provides an additional level of accountability. At FEEL FITNESS CENTER we continuously create a sense of community around exercising because it ensures individuals commit to their workout routines. Turns out ditching the headphones and head-down mentality can improve your fitness and outlook. Read more to learn how to connect and flourish.
DISH OUT COMPLIMENTS.
No, we are not saying to pass out pickup lines, but a genuine compliment—” I love your top, tights” or “what’s the secret to your great glutes, abs”- is always a welcome opener
BECOME A CLASS REGULAR
Seeing familiar faces each class creates motivation, community and an atmosphere of accountability and a common ground to strike up a conversation, says Philip Namasaka our senior trainer.
JOIN A GROUP CHALLENGE.
Whether you sign up for the upcoming Mt. Longonot hike or your gyms weight-loss competition, common goals create a shared sense of purpose. Pay attention to the successes of others-the ‘high fives’ and ‘good for yous’ to fellow challengers goes a long way.
The act of smiling not only can bring on your own happiness, buts studies found that a smile can also make people feel more connected. Try it, smile more, it is the door that lets others in.
GET TO KNOW THE INSTRUCTOR
Don’t get intimidated by their muscles or their drill sergeant-like demeanor in class. “Instructors want to be approached and love feedback,” Cathy Afrobics, our lead dance trainer and co-founder says. “Yes, it takes work to get fit, but it is possible for everyone”.
GET SOCIAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Join facebook groups, post progress photos, follow your gyms facebook page, like your instructors Facebook posts and Instagram posts.
At Feel Fitness we share the desire to have a HEALTHY COMMUNITY, get in touch through [email protected] or call us on +254780297429 and we will be glad to give a hand. We also have excellent programs for kids and seniors.
Building fitness connections can help you build a better body- and enrich your life_Feel Fitness Center.