Exercising as part of a group is not only more fun, it puts you on a schedule. It's an appointment that you're more likely to keep when you know that others are holding you accountable. Your workout buddies can motivate you to keep going and become a source of inspiration or even healthy competition.
If you belong to a Buffalo gym or fitness center, getting started is as easy as attending their next fitness class. But if you've opted to skip the gym, try these options that don't cost a dime.
Walking for Fitness
The Walking for Fitness group walks in Tonawanda on Monday evenings and has had walks in Amherst, Clarence and East Aurora. Group members are free to propose new locations.
Group member Teri said, "I don't exercise ever. Walking I can handle. Loved it."
If you bike, skateboard, or roller blade, join the Rolling Buffalo group. Distances can be a little long (10 miles plus), but you're free to break off from the group when you've had enough for the day.
The Fleet Fleet Sports Buffalo Running Group
This group runs year-round and meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The Fleet Fleet Sports Buffalo Running Group also has a discussion board where you can search for a running partner in your neighborhood.
Buffalo Hiking Club
Buffalo Hiking Club is for both beginners and experienced hikers. The group has hiked in Allegany State Park, Boyce Hill State Forest and more.
If you're new to hiking, read their message board for a list of supplies to bring.
Free Sunday Yoga Class
Hand to Heart Yoga offers an all-levels yoga class on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Your first class is free; after your first visit, it's $5. Click here for details.
Even if you're exercising alone, tap into the power of the group by using Lift, a free web and smartphone app that lets you track your achievements and get encouragement from others who share your goals.