In a Slump? Here’s How to Find a Wellness Community to Fight the Winter Blues

by Reena Vokoun

Staying motivated to keep up with your health, wellness, and fitness regimen can often be a challenge, especially during the winter months. When the days are short, the temperatures are cold and the weather forecast calls for snow or rain more often than you’d like, it can be difficult to exercise outside or want to go to the gym. However, there are ways to fight the winter blues, and finding a wellness community can help you to do just that. Here are four ways to find a wellness community to help get you out of that winter slump!

  1. Find a gym or studio in close proximity to your home: When the weather is less than stellar, you’re more likely to get in your workout at a gym or studio that doesn’t require you to drive or walk very far, depending on where you live. Therefore, researching and finding gyms or studios nearby will increase your odds of staying motivated to go, despite the weather. Also, when you go, you’ll have the opportunity to take group fitness classes, participate in small group training, join yoga and meditation sessions, or possibly use other services such as the pool, sauna, spa, and more, where you can meet other like-minded people who are also interested in taking care of their health and wellbeing. These are great ways to have a built-in wellness community.
  1. Sign up for an online wellness community: If you’d prefer to focus on your health and well-being in the comfort of your own home, there are many ways to engage with an online wellness community to stay motivated. Whether it’s through social media, live stream classes, on-demand classes, or mobile apps, there are plenty of ways to participate in wellness activities with others online. You can find communities focused on fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and overall healthy lifestyles. And by meeting online, you can always meet up with people from your wellness community in person in the future, if you live in the same geographic location and feel comfortable doing so. There are many fitness brands with hybrid offerings so participants can get the best of both worlds within their wellness communities.
  1. Create a wellness community within your neighborhood: If your neighbors are also in a slump due to the winter weather, perhaps you can join together for some camaraderie and support. You can join a neighborhood gym or studio together so you can work out as a group a few times a week. You can also organize progressive group workouts that are done in each home in the neighborhood if space permits. Whether it’s in a garage, basement, recreation room, or even in the backyard or nearby park on warmer winter days, you can create a sense of community and social support around the block!
  1. Join a wellness community at work: Another way to get motivated during the winter months is to join a wellness community at work if possible. Many companies offer wellness resources at the office and virtually, such as group fitness classes, nutrition workshops, group meditation sessions, team step challenges, company charity run/walks, and more. This is a wonderful way to tap into a community that’s integrated with work, where you spend a lot of time each day anyway. As both colleagues and workout buddies, you’ll be able to support one another not only on the job but in other areas of your lives as well. 

Hopefully these tips can spark some ideas as to how to build a wellness community into your life, so you can stay motivated to keep up with your health and fitness regimen, in the winter and throughout the year as well!

Reena Vokoun, Founder and CEO of Passion Fit, is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, content creator, marketer, media spokesperson, personal and professional development coach and consultant and certified health and wellness expert through AFAA, ACE, IDEA Fitness and Gallup. Reena is a TEDx speaker, a Fox 5 San Diego regular contributor, and has been a guest multiple times on California Live. Reena has also written for outlets including ACE Fitness, Startup Nation, Success, and CEO World among others. Connect with her on Facebook @passionfit or visit her blog.

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