April 27, 2012 by Danielle
Judging from the weird entries and photos I post on this blog-
you might not believe that I’m pretty shy and quiet in real life. Well, until you get to know me, and then you just want me to behave in public and stop talking. I’ve always found it difficult to meet new people and try new things, because usually the first thought in my mind is “Oh they won’t like me” or “What if they think I’m weird/not cool” the list goes on and on.
Don’t believe me? Let’s flashback to my freshman year of college.
From the moment my mom and I arrived on campus for freshman orientation, I begged to go home. Stage one clinger, right here.
Probably in an attempt to stop my desperate pleading, she spotted a table for women’s crew and said “that looks fun, you should try that”, so I signed up for the team as a walk on. Long story short, over the course of
many painful erg sessions the next few months and years, girls who started off as strangers turned into teammates-
and ultimately became some of my best friends- friends that I will most likely have for the rest of my life.
Okay, enough with the sappiness.
Regardless of your activity of choice, I think that sweating (not anxiety-ridden type) is one of the best ways to meet new people and make friends. It’s a win-win situation. By taking part in a group activity, you know you have at least one thing that you have in common. For instance, I was definitely nervous during my first blogger group run, but I knew that if worse came to worse, we could just discuss running… the entire time (luckily it ended much better). More often than not, chatting about the activity at hand naturally shifts to conversations about daily happenings that are the stuff that friendships are made of.
Another benefit of working out with new friends is that focusing on an activity diverts your thoughts away from being nervous (“Do I look weird?” “Did I really just say that?”) and towards said activity. There’s also incentive to show up and sweat because you don’t want to stand up your prospective new friends. Physical activity is also a stress reliever, so working out will automatically reduce any meet-up anxiety.
I hope you enjoyed that warm and fuzzy moment. I know I did.
Have you ever made friends through group workouts?