5 ways to monitor your workout buddies
These regular face-to-face interactions help us feel connected, and research shows that when we feel connected with others and our relationships are strong, we are at less risk of suicide.
Whether with a personal trainer, gym buddy, group fitness classmate, gym club manager; or a partner you enjoy working with – regular peer engagement with other gym goers allows members to watch each other and discuss life’s ups and downs.
When our relationships are strong, we are more likely to see signs that someone may be struggling and are in a better position to strike up a meaningful conversation with that person.
To raise awareness about building conversations and relationships at the gym, Anytime Fitness and RU OK? call on Australians to Tread As One, to raise funds for suicide prevention charity RU OK.
Participants can walk, run or even dance on a treadmill or outdoors to cover as many kilometers (km) as possible in the hopes of raising $ 650,000 for suicide prevention. If you want to register, head to treadasone.com.au.
Ahead of Tread As One, RU OK? shared some tips on how to make your workout count more than just burning calories.
Watch for signs in your workout buddy that things might not be right
Do they seem to act or look different? Did they skip many training sessions? Are they not as talkative or upbeat as usual? If you feel like something is not quite the same with someone you know – something is going on in their life or you notice a change in what they are doing or saying – trust this instinct and take the time to ask him: “Are you okay?” ? “
By acting as ‘eyes and ears’ and reaching out to anyone who is going through a difficult time, we can show them they are supported and encourage them to access help faster.
A good workout deserves a recovery
If you think your workout buddy could make a conversation but you don’t have time during your workout, why not offer to take him out for coffee nearby afterwards and ask him how his workout is going. week? It gives you a little more time to talk. Or go to the gym more often. It helps keep the conversation flowing as you are more likely to remember what you talked about a few days ago rather than last week.
If you’re in a group class, why not reach out and see if they’re interested in an extra class during the week, or just a two-person workout, or maybe going for a walk? You can also check your gym’s bulletin board or newsletter for special events, like Tread as One, and invite them to join you for events and challenges. Some of the best friendships start when you go the extra mile to invite someone you don’t know, too, to spend more time together.
Ditch the headphones
Just started in a new gym and looking to make some friends? Leave the headphones at home. Headphones are the universal language for “please do not disturb”. Not wearing them will give you the opportunity to look for someone to chat with or strike up a conversation with you. Also, if you are taking group classes, try to arrive at your next class 15 minutes early. Not only will this help you feel calm and collected, it will also give you plenty of time to get to know your classmates.
Get to know the trainers
Make friends with your gym staff and personal trainer. Gym staff are always ready to talk to new members – chat with them to build your confidence and get to know your gym better. They might introduce you to other gym goers, or you might end up becoming friends.
For a personal trainer, helping people become healthier isn’t all about muscle. The concept of wellness is much more and can have a dramatic impact on the emotional side of human existence. As a supportive person, they can often become an important part of your life, not only providing an outlet for physical change, but they can also improve your feelings of connection, with regular discussions and positive affirmations.
If you would like to sign up for Tread As One, go to www.treadasone.com.au (you can just donate if you don’t want the challenge). For additional support, conversation tips, and information on finding help, visit ruok.org.au