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How to Find the Fit Facebook Group That’s Just Right for You

We’re always talking about how great it is to have a group of like-minded peeps around you that support your fit bottomed lifestyle. But we know that finding that tribe can sometimes be hard — especially if you live in a remote area, travel, work a lot or are simply a little shy. But Facebook groups? Well, that’s a darn easy way to connect with other people just like you … online!


Spoiler: you don’t have to know someone to get involved. So many Facebook groups are public — and if you can’t find exactly what you want, you can always create your own. It’s kind of brilliant.

And while we can’t promise that while you’re there you won’t accidentally run into an ex-boyfriend or a former co-worker you’d rather not reconnect with, we can almost guarantee you that the right Facebook group can help keep you to stay motivated and connected to your healthy goals. Read on for ways to really make the most of Facebook groups when it comes to your fitness!

8 Things You Need to Know About Fitness Facebook Groups

1. Public vs. closed vs. secret Facebook groups. Groups can be public, closed or secret. Public groups mean that anyone can search for and join or request to join the group, as well as see posts in the group. Closed groups mean that people can search for your group, must request to join and will need to be added to the group by an existing member in order to see posts in the group. Secret groups mean that people cannot search for your group, so you must be added to the group by an existing member. When starting your own wellness Facebook group, you may want to keep its content among friends to start. But seeing as Facebook remains the most used social networking platform, it is easy to involve others, and groups can quickly grow. Don’t be afraid to share your message and mission with others! Invite your trainer from the gym to join and impart a weekly piece of advice to the group. Post a link to your group in larger fitness groups. Join the discussion in the groups of your favorite celebrity fitness expert or workout clothing brand.

2. Joining groups. To get inspired, FBG has put together a list of group ideas. The following are a great way to jumpstart your Facebook fitness and to find inspiration if interested in starting your own!

3. Searching groups. Search Facebook for groups relevant to your needs or interests by entering keywords into the search bar and then clicking the “Groups” tab. (Examples: Circuit Training, CrossFit boxes Dallas, Kayla’s bikini body.)

4. Recommended groups. A Facebook tool that’s very useful when looking to join a new group is “Suggested Groups” and “Friends’ Groups.” Both of these functions can be found by clicking the “Groups” tab on the left-hand side of the homepage. “Suggested Groups” aggregates information based on your location and interests included in your profile, so this tab is very helpful for localizing and narrowing Groups that will be a good fit for you.

“Friends’ Groups” will have more variation but is great for exploring and discovering new areas of interest.

5. Make yourself known. Now that you are a member of some new Facebook groups, circulate interesting pieces of news or blog posts that are relevant to your area of interest — and members of the group will likely respond. Not only will you be up-to-date on topics most interesting to you, but you will be enlightening your peers and opening up the chance for an engaging dialogue around the topic.

6. Continuing the conversation. If you are new to a larger group whose members are less familiar to you, comment on a few topics or articles that other group members have shared. Find an article where you can add value or share some of your own personal experiences that prove or disprove the article. And if you want to have a deeper conversation with a member (or a sub-set of the Facebook group), you can take the discussion to a private message via Messenger.

7. Sharing is caring. If your group shares a common purpose or goal, like a fitness challenge among friends, Facebook groups eliminates messy email chains with attachments and lost images in favor of neat and clean real time conversation. Easily view and share files (recipes, fitness routines), photos (before and after shots, memes) and videos (tutorials, GIFs) to inspire and motivate each other.

8. Staying organized. If utilizing Facebook groups to organize or participate in a team — perhaps a walk or run for charity — use a poll to decide on training days and times, easily export important dates and deadlines to all members’ calendars, and quickly chat via Messenger within your group.

Are you in a Facebook group for fitness that you love and think is worth sharing? Leave it in the comments for others to join! Jenn

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