As a former college athlete, I find myself often missing the ease of having someone else creating work outs for you. I also miss the part where working out was fun and felt like you were playing a game and not just running miles endlessly. While you may be past your prime sports years you are not out of fitness opportunities that can get you back on a team, get you in shape, have fun and not break your budget.
If you look around within your town or city you can find multiple opportunities to work out for free or very cheaply. Last year, in the city I lived in I joined a running club. Running clubs are located throughout the country, and you can find them online on social media sites, on craigslist, and in flyers in the newspaper, or at bars, coffee shops and restaurants. The concept is that a group of people gets together and run a designated distance that starts and ends at the same location. At the end of the run, there is a socializing, which includes drinks and food, often at a discount offered by the bar, or restaurant that’s the host to the group. The club I joined ran a 5k or 3.1 miles once a week and then hung out together afterwards. Each week the route was different and during the holidays the runs had themes in which members would dress up in costumes. At first, I was nervous to join the group, because I thought everyone would be faster than me. The group I joined encouraged everyone to participate and everyone ran at their own pace. I found myself looking forward to the runs, and wanting to go each week and run so I could see my new friends. This club was a free way to exercise and meet new people and socialize. I began to enjoy running and found that I had an automatic work out built into my week. I also signed up for road races with the group, which gave me a goal to train for.
By joining running clubs and adult recreational teams you can work out and socialize at the same time. You may be surprised how into an activity you become. You can be still be part of a team as an athlete and may even get into trying a new sport or activity based on your involvement in the club or team. These groups are a great way to stay fit, meet new friends and stay within your budget.
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