Skip the solo route and try working out with others


Road running, trail running, distance running, triathlons, 5k fun runs and 10k races— running has exploded in popularity in the Twin Cities, and throughout the country.

Running offers a host of benefits including stress relief, weight management and chronic disease prevention. Plus, a potentially unexpected benefit to running is a chance to improve your social life. Walking or running with others can help you:

  • Be more accountable—setting a workout date with others will make it harder for you to skip a run or walk.
  • Stay motivated—if your tire or want to give up mid-run or walk, a buddy or two can help encourage you to keep on going.
  • Have fun—if you’re working out with someone else, you know you have at least one thing in common—and you’ll have time to get to know each other along the route.

Three steps to a more social workout

  1. Meet new people at a local running club—there are several in the area you can find with a quick web search or a look through your social media networks. Here are a few to get you started:
  1. Invite a coworker to get some fresh air over lunch with a walk or run outside. If the weather is bad, you can agree to hit the stairs in your office.
  2. Find an upcoming run/walk event like the Y Run and ask a friend or your family to register with you. Not only will you have company on the event day, but you’ll also have a built-in training buddy.