If you’re going to a college away from home or are moving to a new city or town, you know that moving can be a stressful, nerve wracking experience. I am nervous about making friends and feeling at home in a new city! One way I know I can feel more at home is to get involved at a gym. Fitness classes are a great place to meet new people and make new friends, and they can help you regain a social life after moving to a new city. Here is how you can make fitness a way to make your new home feel like home.
First, find a fitness studio or gym that you want to try, or, if you are in college, go to your school’s fitness center. Then find classes there that you think would be fun to take. When you are there, make small talk with other classmates. Try to start conversations, or become part of other people’s. Once you feel comfortable around the group, ask a few of them to go get food after class. Getting to know people and feeling part of a group is so important in making your new city feel like home.
Next, walk or run around your city. Of course you need to be safe when you do this and be aware of your surroundings, but the best way to get to know your new home is to walk or run it! Take a friend with you to make sure you are safe. Instead of taking a bus or Uber or your car, walk. You will discover new shops, restaurants, cafes, yoga studios, parks, and all kinds of other cool landmarks in your city while getting a workout. If you don’t like running on the treadmill (who really does?) then hit the streets of your new home.
I definitely think that getting involved in a gym and in fitness classes will help anyone adjust in a new city and make new friendships. I plan on using this tactic when I move to Cali next month! Not only will you make friends, but you will stay in shape as well. It is a win-win!