Fitness Strategies

Find a Fitness Buddy

How to Find a Goal Buddy on SparkPeople

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3. Get Involved in Your SparkTeams. SparkTeams are a great way to find other members with similar goals and interests. There are thousands of Teams to choose from, with topics ranging from weight-loss goals to medical conditions, age, lifestyle interests, geographic location and more. SparkTeams are an easy way to find support from a larger group of like-minded people, but getting involved in your Team can also help you get to know members on an individual level, too. As you spark new friendships, that group support could turn into one-on-one support! You probably joined some Teams when you registered for the site (click here to see all of the SparkTeams you currently belong to). If you'd like to find more Teams that interest you, go to the main SparkTeams page (under the Community tab) to browse or search from thousands of Teams. To get involved, visit your SparkTeams pages regularly, post to introduce yourself forum, and join the conversations on your Team message boards.

4. Find Someone in Your Area. You were probably placed into your local SparkTeam when joining the site, but if you don't find a state or city Team on your SparkTeams page, you can search or browse for your local SparkTeam here. There are Teams for nearly every country, state, city and region in the world. So if you're hoping to find a "real life" fitness buddy, start by joining your local SparkTeam and posting there. Starting a new message titled "Looking for a fitness buddy in Columbus, OH, will capture the attention of people in your local Team. And maybe your perfect buddy will be ready and waiting for you!

5. Share Support on the Message Boards. You can learn a lot about other members from the posts they make on the Message Boards (located under the Community tab). You might find someone who is facing similar struggles in the Staying Motivated forum or a member who wants to take up running like you do in the Fitness and Exercise forum. After introducing yourself, you'll probably get several replies from helpful members who are welcoming you and helping to answer your top questions. Who knows? Any one of these people could turn into your online buddy! SparkPeople's Message Boards are a great way to interact with the Community and find new friends. If you see someone who looks like they might make a good buddy, don't be afraid to SparkMail him or her or reply in the message board thread to ask!
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Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

  • Naples Florida friend and fitness buddy just starting out ....long road ahead - 1/30/2016 9:51:39 AM
  • Looking for an exercise buddy, I'm 50 and live in Brandon, FL. I work full time. - 1/8/2016 8:04:43 AM
  • H-DIZZLE
    I'm looking for a female work out buddy who understands my schedule...gravey
    ard swing and day shift. I also have 3 teenagers and three dogs....I live in the spokane Wa area...and need to lose 30 to 50 pounds - 10/31/2015 7:01:35 PM
  • NICOLEZHONG
    i live in redland FL 33031. Looking for a work out buddy. Want to lose weight. - 6/5/2015 5:25:56 PM
  • GAYLEK6
    Looking for a w/o buddy in Arlington Heights, IL - 4/19/2015 2:38:29 PM
  • need exercise buddy. anyone in mechanicsville, va. ??
    - 1/19/2015 12:54:51 AM
  • I haven't been able to find an in person buddy, but I do like the online support on sparkpeople. - 10/25/2014 5:00:17 AM
  • LATAISHA25
    hi i live in indianapolis and i was looking for a work out buddy. if you re in te area please contact me thank you - 9/21/2014 12:01:48 PM
  • I workout sometimes with my hubby. I don't like when peoples keep talking all the time. Even though it make the time go by. - 10/3/2013 4:54:21 PM
  • Hi, I'm looking for a workout partner in the Avon, Ma. area. I'm 60 years old and need to lose around 80 pounds. I would like to join the Stoughton Y, (but I don't like going alone, I'm very self conscious) Or a walking buddy. - 6/11/2013 11:58:37 AM
  • Hi there I live in Lake Worth, Fl and I would love and like to get a workout buddy either on line or near by I have 60 pounds to lose and have a bad back and I am starting out slowly by walking and doing dvds and the park - 5/24/2013 4:50:55 PM
  • 123456789100
    Finding an online buddy through the buddy finder was hard, and I couldn't find one until stumbling on the SparkTeam "Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line" I encourage anyone who wants an online accountability partner (or three) to join! - 4/20/2013 12:12:06 AM
  • ASHLEYDURHAM
    Is there in one in Evansville looking for someone to work out with let me know Thanks alot Ashley. - 3/27/2013 3:03:05 AM
  • ASHLEYDURHAM
    Is there in one in Evansville looking for someone to work out with let me know Thanks alot Ashley. - 3/27/2013 2:25:00 AM
  • Hi I am looking for a work out buddy to help me keep motivated. I live in Minnesota and like to work out indoors and outdoors. I like to swim, dance, lift weights, work out to DVD's and jog occasionally. I need to get down to 148. I now weigh 196. - 10/8/2012 7:26:43 AM

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