First, you need to find your people.
-Try the gym. There are often groups of seniors walking around the pool, sharing a cup of coffee, or participating in a program like Silver Sneakers. Or, there are moms losing weight, men playing basketball, and more.
-Try an early morning walk or jog around the neighborhood, park, or nearest open space. Check out who’s there.
-Or try a dog park, and meet up with others who like to exercise with their pets!
-Want to pick up a really specific hobby? Bringing back rollerskating, hula-hooping, or medicine balls? Try a facebook, twitter, or meetup.com to find or start a group with others who share your interests.
Second, Build a relationship based on Wellness:
-Offer to meet up for more chats while you share exercise. It might be enough to know that your gym friend is asking after you when you miss a day.
-Or, invite them to tea. Avoid the high caffeine and sugar cups you get at your local chain, and offer to host a small tea. You can even serve something healthy, like our Jiaogulan!
Third, build support!
-Trade healthy recipes with your new fitness buddies. It’s a great way to find easy, already proven delicious meals to share with your family. Or go all out, and schedule a taste party, where everyone brings an hors-d’oeuvre version of their favorite healthy side-dish and copies of the recipe.
-Push each other further. Besides your regular walk together, offer to meet up for a yoga class, or to learn a new sport together.
-If you run out of ideas, you can always research new trends, products, or ideas and chat them out together!
There you go! Three easy steps to build a community of Wellness around yourself for the New Year!
What activities will you be trying out next year?