How Training Helps Create Adult Friendships
When you’re in high school and college, making friends is fairly simple. You become close with people because they live near you and you hang out in a big group.
As you become an adult, that doesn’t happen anymore, and it can feel tricky to meet people who you feel connected to. Even if you click with someone, it’s tough to create a lasting bond when you don’t see each other all the time, and work and life seem to get in the way.
Joining Gloveworx has so many positive benefits: you get stronger, reach your goals and Become Unstoppable-- and you can also make new friends.
While making friends as an adult can be challenging, becoming committed to a healthy lifestyle and a training routine can help you find like-minded people and find a true community.
Making Friends As An Adult
Keeping up your friendships is healthy: these bonds mean that you feel less stressed out, can handle the things that life throws your way, and feel great.
Does this sound familiar? You meet someone new through work, a mutual friend, or at a party. You hang out once or twice after that and talk for hours over dinner. You really get along, but for some reason, you two don’t get together after that. Life seems to always get in the way, and you text for months, trying to set up another plan, but it never happens.
It’s tough to make friends as an adult because everyone has packed schedules. As we get older, we seem to get set in our ways, and we feel like making new pals isn’t even possible.
But that isn’t true, and there is one great place where we can make new friends: during training.
Making Friends At The Studio
Out of 2,000 people living in the U.S., 42 percent felt their shy nature got in the way of new friendships, and 45 percent said cementing new social bonds is tricky. More than that, most haven’t added someone new to their social circle in the last five years.
If you join a studio and start chatting with the people in the same group training sessions as you, you’ll definitely find some people who you immediately click with. There are going to be others who want the same thing as you: to make new pals and find a sense of community.
It might seem tough to meet people who have the same interests as you, which is why it makes sense to look for someone who shares your passion for training. Everyone you meet during training is interested in working out and living a healthy lifestyle. This bonds you immediately and gives you something to talk about when you’re getting to know each other.
As you get to know each other, the conversation will, of course, get deeper and more personal. But your love of training will be a great starting point for a friendship.
A Common Goal
One of the benefits of making friends at the studio is you have a common goal. You all have healthy habits, and it’s important for you to work out regularly and eat well.
People always say that you’re a reflection of the company that you keep. It’s true that if your friends live unhealthy lifestyles and complain about work all the time, that could rub off on you and make you feel pretty miserable.
Your friends that you meet through training are positive influences, and they will really impact your life.
Removed From Your Personal Life
It’s also great to make friends at the studio because they’re not part of your personal life. They don’t know the history of drama that you have with a family member or a friend. You can leave that part of your life behind and focus on the positive benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
This is important because as much as you love your friends, it can be tricky not to fall into a pattern of gossip or talking about mutual pals. And that isn’t always healthy or helpful.
Finding Your Tribe
When you find your tribe, you’ll know it because you’ll feel a deep sense of comfort, belonging, and connection every time you see these people.
Even if you have amazing friends from other times in your life (from growing up together in your small hometown or from college), you might feel like something is missing. That could be because you haven’t discovered the people who will make you feel truly understood and supported.
Here are three ways to find your tribe:
- Try a Gloveworx group training session and make sure to talk to someone new every time you’re here.
- Suggest getting together outside of the studio to go for a healthy dinner, or host a BBQ/potluck.
- Make these get-togethers a standing date.
Celebrating Your Tribe
Once you’ve found your tribe through your mutual love of training, you want to celebrate that. You can do this by becoming a true support system for one another.
You can text each other motivational messages, cheer each other on during a tough workout, and be there for each other.
While it’s tough to make friends as an adult, it becomes a little easier when you can connect with people you have in common with, and the studio is a great place to do that.