The Power of Support 22 January 2014 jennifer Jenny In 2008 I felt alone. Weird considering I had 3 babies, was in graduate school full-time, had a husband who adored me, and a group of "mommy" friends that I saw on a fairly regular basis. But I was alone. I was depressed. In the mid 1990's I was active. I did Jazzercise. That was my first taste of group fitness. I loved it. I joined alone, convinced my younger sister to go a few times, then she stopped, but by that time I had made fitness friendships with a core group of older women. I was only 24-27 years old at this time, and unless my sister was with me, I was the youngest one there. Age didn't matter. We were all there to improve our health. And not just our physical health, but our mental health, too. Working out in a group makes me happy. Working out in a group gives you the confidence and support you need to unleash yourself – to enjoy your experience so it becomes addictive! Group exercise, including CrossFit suits all fitness levels, no matter how fit you are. You’ll gain strength from exercising with others and you’ll motivate each other to work harder, and push yourself just a little more. But in addition to group support through exercise, I have group support through my weekly Weight Watchers meetings. I haven't been going since Christmas, and I need to go. I thought I was going to go this week, but I decided I wasn't ready, and need one more week to wrap my brain around some things. I love my meetings. At meetings you’ll find first-timers sitting next to both new and long-time Weight Watchers members. Along with a weekly discussion topic and guidance from the Leader, you’ll also hear about the struggles and triumphs of these fellow members. You don’t have to participate in the discussion, but you’re bound to hear helpful strategies and motivating advice that helps you through the week. And you'll earn trinkets. Stickers, key chains, bookmarks, and more! And I know Weight Watchers works if you work it. I'm just trying to wrap my head around #NSNG and counting points. I'll get it. Eventually. And then I have the support of my online communities. Facebook, Twitter, and some of the private groups I belong to. FitFluential is a huge source of support for me. I've met so many amazing people through them. And Sweat Pink, too. I hope that one day I can meet them in person! Perhaps at an upcoming FitBloggin' conference I've also recently connected with Mamavation and they are a fantastic group who offer so much support in a lot of important areas! And my Polar peers. Such an amazing and inspiring group of fitness and health advocates. Love them so much! And then of course the amazing friends that I have met through my MetamorFit facebook page. We have built up such an amazing community of people, and I'm so proud of what I've been able to do to help others! If you are struggling with your current routine give group support a try! You never know, it might the missing piece to your puzzle! Do you do any group activities?